Score Dodgers vs Padres: San Diego knocks out 111-win juggernaut with NLDS Game 4 rally

The San Diego Padres staged a furious late-inning 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. Saturday night. In doing so, they won the series, 3-1, in upset fashion. The series win means the Padres 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 got a timely strike in the second for a 2-0 lead. That lead went to 3-0 in the top of the seventh thanks to a stolen sack from Will Smith. In the bottom of the seventh, however, the Padres clawed back five runs and took a lead that San Diego’s near-perfect bullpen in this series would hold.

Now, a few takeaways from the deciding Game 4.

The seventh inning was memorable for the Padres

In the bottom of the seventh, the Padres were trailing 3-0 and had just a 10.8 percent chance of winning Game 4, based on base win expectation. Then they got to work against the Dodger bullpen. Here is the shot by shot:

  • Jurickson Profar walks.
  • Trent Grisham Singles.Austin Nola Singles.
  • Yency Almonte relieves Tommy Kahnle.
  • Ha-Seong Kim doubles, one point counts.
  • Juan Soto in singles, a point scores.
  • Manny Machado strikes.
  • Brandon Drury appears.
  • Alex Vesia relieves Almonte with a 1-0 count.
  • Soto steals second base.
  • Jake Cronenworth does this:

It was 5-3, and that 10.8% Padres win chance became 90.2% Padres win chance. Given the Padres’ “little brother” status as far as the Dodgers are concerned and given the stakes, it’s no exaggeration to call this one of the greatest innings in Padres franchise history.

Padres bullpen did the job again

Yes, San Diego’s relief corps cleared their first inning of the series after taking over from starter Joe Musgrove, but it didn’t yield anything like authority (Dodgers had a run against Steven Wilson in their small ball top from The Seventh). After the Padres took the lead, the bullpen landed the final six outs without any drama. The Padre Pen entered Game 4 with these numbers in the first three NLDS games: 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 relief you need to win in the playoffs these days.

Tyler Anderson delivered for the Dodgers

The 32-year-old retread southpaw continues to be a quiet savior for the Dodgers. Armed with a polished pitch mix and a tweaked shifting handful, Anderson had a career year in 2022: a 2.57 ERA and 4.06 K/BB ratio in a team record of 178 ⅔ sleeves. On Saturday, he was the author of the Dodgers’ biggest start to the season, as he whirled five scoreless innings with six strikeouts, two walks and two hits allowed. At one point, Anderson retired nine straight times. This matches how Anderson handled the Padres in 2022. During the regular season, he made four starts against the Padres and thrived in those 24 innings combined: 1.88 ERA, no unearned runs allowed , 15 hits, 16 strikeouts, six walks, .502 OPS against.

A great Dodgers season ends in disappointment

During the regular season, the Dodgers posted a franchise-record 111 wins, and they posted a plus-334 point differential – two of the best hit scorers in MLB history. Three losses in October shouldn’t undo what was written in 162 games, but the reality is the Dodgers will once again be remembered for failing in the playoffs. Dave Roberts’ club have won 217 games over the past two regular seasons without a ring to show.

The NLCS is defined

It will be the Philadelphia Padres and Phillies in the NLCS. The best-of-seven matchup 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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