Dodgers vs. Padres score: San Diego beats 111-win juggernaut with NLDS Game 4 rally – CBS Sports

Dodgers vs. Padres score: San Diego beats 111-win juggernaut with NLDS Game 4 rally - CBS Sports

The San Diego Padres staged a furious late-game comeback and knocked the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers out of the playoffs with a 5-3 victory in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Saturday night. In doing so they won the series, 3-1, in upset fashion. The series victory means that the priests will be in the NLCS for the first time since 1998, where they will face the Phillies.

In Game 4, the Padres trailed for much of the game after the Dodger offense finally managed some timely hitting in the second for a 2-0 lead. That lead grew to 3-0 in the top of the seventh thanks to a Will Smith sac fly. In the bottom of the seventh, however, the Padres clawed back to plate five runs and seize a lead that the San Diego bullpen, nearly perfect in that series, would hold.

Now for some takeaways from the Game 4 clincher.

The seventh inning was a memorable one for the Padres

Going into the bottom of the seventh, the Padres trailed 3-0 and had just a 10.8 percent chance to win Game 4, with a base win hope. Then they went to work against the Dodger bullpen. Here’s the blow by blow:

  • Jurickson Profar walks.
  • Trent Grisham singles. Austin Nola singles.
  • Yency Almonte replaces Tommy Kahnle.
  • Ha-Seong Kim doubles, one run scored.
  • Juan Soto singles, one run scores.
  • Manny Machado strikes out.
  • Brandon Drury shows up.
  • Alex Vesia replaces Almonte with a 1-0 count.
  • Soto steals second base.
  • Jake Cronenworth does this:

That made it 5-3, and that 10.8 percent chance of a Priest win became a 90.2 percent chance of a Priest win. Given the Padres’ “little brother” status when it comes to the Dodgers and given the stakes, it’s no exaggeration to call this one of the greatest innings in Padres franchise history.

The Pastor bull church did the job again

Yes, the San Diego relief corps allowed its first run of the series after taking over for starter Joe Musgrove, but it didn’t come in anything like authoritative fashion (the Dodgers pushed across a run against Steven Wilson in their small-ball top of the seventh). After the Padres grabbed the lead, the bullpen notched the final six outs without any drama. The Padres pen came into Game 4 with these numbers through the first three games of the NLDS: 13 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 15 SO, 4 BB. On Saturday, they allowed one run in three innings, which gave them a 0.56 ERA for the series. That’s the kind of key help you need to win in the postseason today.

Tyler Anderson delivered for the Dodgers

The 32-year-old retired lefty continues to be a quiet savior for the Dodgers. Armed with a refined pitch mix and a tweaked changeup grip, Anderson had a career year in 2022: a 2.57 ERA and 4.06 K/BB ratio in a team-high 178 ⅔ innings. On Saturday, he authored the Dodgers’ biggest start of the season, when he turned five scoreless innings with six strikeouts, two walks, and two hits allowed. At one point, Anderson retired nine in a row. That’s in line with how Anderson handled the Padres in 2022. During the regular season, he made four starts against the Padres and thrived across those combined 24 innings: 1.88 ERA, no unearned runs allowed, 15 hits, 16 strikeouts, six walks, .502 OPS vs.

A great Dodger season ends in disappointment

During the regular season, the Dodgers racked up a franchise-record 111 wins, and they built a plus-334 run differential — both marks of success two of the best in MLB history. Three October losses shouldn’t undo what was written over 162 games, but the reality is the Dodgers will once again be remembered for falling short in the postseason. Dave Roberts’ club won 217 games over the last two regular seasons without a ring to show for it.

The NLCS is set

It will be the priests and Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. The best-of-seven clash begins Tuesday in San Diego with a trip to the World Series on the line. The Padres, by the way, have never won the World Series. During the regular season, the Phillies won four of seven head-to-head games against San Diego and outscored them 21-15 in those contests.

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