“I used to be doing slightly scouting,” the supervisor stated.
Mookie Betts and Corey Seager homered back-to-back within the first inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock did the identical within the fourth, and Los Angeles accomplished a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with an 8-3 victory Thursday night time.
The defending World Collection champions remained two video games behind NL West-leading San Francisco, which beat Arizona 5-4 with a walk-off hit within the ninth inning. Los Angeles is chasing its ninth consecutive division title and time is working out.
“That is two groups enjoying actually good baseball in a pennant race,” Roberts stated. “We simply received to play good baseball. If we do this, convey it on. It doesn’t matter who we play or what format.”
The Dodgers received their twelfth in a row at dwelling, the place they shut out the common season with three video games towards NL Central-champion Milwaukee whereas the Giants host San Diego. The Dodgers want to brush the Brewers and have the Padres sweep the Giants to assert the division.
“I’m not nervous about them and what they’re doing,” third baseman Justin Turner stated. “We have now to manage what’s in entrance of us. We did an excellent job tonight.”
With 103 wins and three video games left, the Dodgers may end with probably the most victories of a crew that failed to complete first, topping the 104 by the 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, who had been two video games behind St. Louis, and the 1909 Chicago Cubs, who completed six wins behind Pittsburgh.
Seager continued his streak of sizzling hitting. He went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and has 5 homers in his final 4 video games.
“He is aware of what he desires to do and he is aware of his swing pretty much as good as anybody,” Turner stated. “Proper now, it seems fairly acquainted. Seems similar to that bubble Corey Seager we noticed final yr within the postseason.”
The sellout crowd of 52,550 was nonetheless settling in when Betts launched his 23rd homer to left-center and Seager followed together with his fifteenth to the decrease right-field seats off Vince Velasquez (3-9).
The Dodgers prolonged the result in 4-1 on Turner’s twenty sixth homer and Pollock’s twentieth within the fourth.
The Dodgers have 11 homers of their final two video games. Betts homered to begin a comeback within the seventh on Wednesday night time, and Max Muncy, Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Seager slugged homers within the eighth to ultimately win 11-9.
Seager added a solo shot within the seventh.
Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted a two-run, 467-foot shot — his NL-leading forty second — that cleared the left-field pavilion within the fifth, drawing the Padres to 4-3. At 116.6 mph, it was the toughest hit ball of his profession. Tatis snapped an 0-for-14 skid relationship to final Friday.
Ha-Seong Kim homered for the Padres within the second.
Corey Knebel (4-0) received the win with 1 1/3 innings of aid. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Velasquez gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
The Padres misplaced their final 9 video games towards the Dodgers and completed the season sequence with a 7-12 mark.
Padres: Positioned RHP Yu Darvish on IL with left hip impingement. … Reinstated RHP Craig Stammen from IL after he had flu-like signs.
SCENE OF THE HIT
The State Farm advert in heart subject bore the white tape define of Gavin Lux’s physique. He crashed into the wall head-on and tumbled over chasing Wil Myers’ triple on Wednesday. The Dodgers utility participant was nonetheless sore a day later.
“It was enjoyable to see that,” Roberts stated of the gag. “Gavin loved it, too. Guys giving him slightly little bit of ribbing.”
Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin allowed three runs and 4 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The correct-hander struck out 5 and walked two. The famous feline fan wore cleats with totally different coloured fake fur on the tops of every one and an image of a cat on the aspect. He helped with the design, which paid homage to one among his cats.
“It was plenty of enjoyable carrying these,” he stated.
Umpire Brian Gorman labored his final sport earlier than retiring Thursday night time. The 62-year-old umpired in three World Collection, two All-Star Video games and quite a few division and league championship sequence throughout his 30-year profession wherein he referred to as video games in each the Nationwide and American leagues. His father, Tom, was an NL umpire from 1951-77. Gorman was acknowledged by the general public deal with announcer earlier than the sport.
Padres: They hadn’t named a starter for Friday’s opener at San Francisco.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-8, 3.38) begins Friday towards NL Central champion Milwaukee. He is tossed two full video games towards the Brewers, in 2013 and 2014.