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A Series Full of Excitement!

The San Diego Padres battled the Los Angeles Dodgers in one of the most exciting, and thrilling three-game series to grace the MLB.

This regular season meet-up felt like it was a playoff series.

The first game was a four hour war between the two teams, which led to 12 innings of great baseball.

Before the game, Joe Musgrove was celebrated for throwing the first no hitter in franchise history with a framed jersey surrounded by a newspaper clipping, the line-up card and the final box score.

Ryan Weathers, 21-year-old Padres Pitcher, started on the mound for the Padres. The Dodgers decided to start one of their ace’s in Walker Buehler.

The Padres struck first in the second inning off of an error by Mookie Betts, leading to Manny Machado reaching home.

In the third inning, Padres left fielder, Jurickson Profar made an amazing diving catch to prevent any damage to be made.

Weathers threw four scoreless innings against the Dodgers until Luke Raley hit a 436ft home-run to right center field.

Padres golden boy, Fernando Tatis Jr. answered the Raley homer with a 410ft bomb of his own.

The game started to heat up in the eighth inning when Profar roped a double to left field, leading to two Padres scoring making it 5-5.

In the ninth, the Dodgers third baseman, Justin Turner singled allowing Betts to score, but the Padres answers in the bottom of the ninth tying the game and forcing extra innings.

The Padres missed opportunities allowed the Dodgers to blow it open in the 12th with a Corey Seager two run homer.

Game one ended with a 11-6 Dodgers win.

Game two was a dominant display put on by the Dodgers.

The Dodgers chose to start Clayton Kershaw on the mound, and the Padres chose their off season acquisition, Yu Darvish.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Profar was called on a strike out, but was challenged for catchers interference. This led to a verbal altercation between Kershaw and Profar. After the dust settled, Profar was given first base.

Darvish threw four scoreless innings until walking a run in. Leading to the Dodgers leading 1-0 in the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Padres were threatening to score with runners on the corners, but Padres outfielder, Wil Myers, hits a grounder off of the mound leading to a double play to close the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Turner hit a 395ft homer to left field to extend the lead to 2-0.

In the bottom of the ninth the Padres had two runners at third and second with two outs. Tommy Pham hits what would have been a game tying line drive, but Mookie Betts makes an outstanding diving catch and secures the win for the Dodgers.

In the final game of the series, the Dodgers started their newest pick up, Trevor Bauer, and the Padres started another one of their new stars, Blake Snell.

The Dodgers struck first in the second inning when Will Smith hit a line drive into left center for a single. That allowed Chris Taylor to hit a 443ft two run homer into the stands in left center.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jake Cronenworth blasted a solo homer into the right field stands, to cut the lead to 2-1.

All was quiet until the bottom of the seventh inning when Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a running ground ball that bounced off of the wall allowing Machado to score and Hosmer to reach second base. The game was tied 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Hosmer ripped a grounder up the middle of the field allowing Profar to score and moving Tatis Jr. to third. Tatis Jr. was first called out at third, but the call was reversed when the play was challenged, showing Tatis Jr’s toe staying on the bag.

The Padres then took the lead 2-3.

In the same inning, Pham smacked a double to deep left field, bouncing around and scoring Tatis Jr. and Hosmer.

This would drive the stake into the Dodgers and the Padres would walk away with a 2-5 win.

The Dodgers won the series two wins to the Padres one, but this series showed the young and exciting talent both teams have. It makes the NL West the most exciting division in the MLB with two of the biggest powerhouse teams in the league.

 

 

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