Underdog Padres win NLDS Game 3, lead Dodgers 2-1

The San Diego Padres have won 89 games this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have amassed a franchise-record 111 wins.

None of that mattered Friday night, as San Diego won 2-1 and took a decisive lead in the NLDS.

The Padres made the most of their first home playoff game in 16 years by beating the Dodgers, 2-1.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE AT FOXNEWS.COM

San Diego Padres' Trent Grisham (2) celebrates with teammate Manny Machado after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of Game 3 of an NL Division baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, the 14th October 2022, in San Diego.

San Diego Padres’ Trent Grisham (2) celebrates with teammate Manny Machado after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of Game 3 of an NL Division baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, the 14th October 2022, in San Diego.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Padres started early with an RBI single to center field from Jake Cronenworth to bring Juan Soto home. The hit gave San Diego a 1-0 lead late in the first inning.

A long ball from Trent Grisham late in the fourth inning made the Padres lead 2-0. The Dodgers responded in the next frame with a sacrificial fly by former AL MVP Mookie Betts.

Blake Snell went 5 1/3 innings, striking out 6 along the way to take the win.

Meanwhile, Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin didn’t go past the second. Gonsolin had only appeared once in the past six weeks. The team was betting on how Gonsolin pitched in a mock game, but that didn’t translate to Friday night’s action.

He left the game with Los Angeles trailing 1-0.

Gonsolin was relieved by Andrew Heaney who pitched all three innings.

PADRES’ YU DARVISH ON FOREIGN SUBSTANCE CONTROLS: “TOUCH MY WHERE”

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 14: Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series at PETCO Park on October 14, 2022 in San Diego, California.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 14: Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series at PETCO Park on October 14, 2022 in San Diego, California.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Padres won Game 2 via homers from NL MVP contender Manny Machado and Cronenworth.

Machado homered early in the game against Clayton Kershaw, while Croneworth long beat Blake Treinen. The circuit put the Padres up 5-3 and tied the series 1-1.

PHILLIES, AARON NOLA DOMINATE THE BRAVES IN NLDS MATCH 3; PHILADELPHIA TAKES THE SERIES AHEAD 2-1

Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after scoring a brace in the sixth inning of Game 3 of an NL Division baseball series against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, in San Diego.

Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after scoring a brace in the sixth inning of Game 3 of an NL Division baseball series against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, in San Diego.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Padres closest Josh Hader overwhelmed the Dodgers’ bottom two hitters with two strikeouts to end Game 3. He earned his second save of the playoffs this year.

Entering the NLDS, the Dodgers lead the season series 15-6. The Padres can clinch the series and advance to the NLCS if they win Game 4 on Saturday.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Joe Musgrove will take the mound for San Diego on Saturday night. Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson will start for the Dodgers.

The first pitch is scheduled for 9:37 p.m. ET at Petco Park.

Add Comment