Padres finally go deep, but can't avoid 0-2 hole vs Dodgers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Manny Machado attempted to awaken a dormant crime in San Diego by yelling at his teammates after deciding on a homer against Clayton Kershaw.
It almost worked out, but the Padres were 2-0 deficit in their National League Division best-of-five series when Eric Hosmer hit the bases with a groundout against Joe Kelly at the end of the game with a 6-5 Los Angeles left Dodgers on Wednesday night.
"It stinks that we just missed out there," said Hosmer. "We still have one life left. We'll come out tomorrow, take it one game at a time, and hopefully turn this thing around."
Machado's solo shot in the sixth inning was immediately followed by another from Hosmer, who closed the Padres 4-3 in their first NLDS since 2006.
Fernando Tatís Jr. hit a long ride ahead of reliever Brusdar Graterol that would have put the Padres in the lead in run seven, but Cody Bellinger robbed the 21-year-old homer phenomenon with a jump on the wall in midfield.
Machado's outburst, which began when he threw his bat toward his own dugout after lifting a low pitch from Kershaw to the left, targeted a San Diego offense for the first 14 innings of the Neutral Site series Had been largely silent in the home of the Texas Rangers.
In the new stadium with retractable roof, the Padres 'record run began with Grand Slams in four consecutive games with Tatis' hotly debated Homer 3-0 and a lead of seven runs in the eighth inning of a 14-4 victory over the Rangers in August.
Aside from his homer, Tatis doesn't make nearly as much noise this time around, with only one in eight bats in two games started by Dodgers Assen Walker Buehler and Kershaw. Machado was 0 for 6 ahead of his liner in the seats in left field, though Tatis and Machado took hard-earned walks from Kelly to give Hosmer a chance at ninth place.
Four pitches after Machado's long ball, Hosmer drove a fastball from Kershaw up the Dodgers bullpen in the center right. Machado was out of the dugout before the ball landed.
"He set fire to the shelter and got everyone on their feet," said Hosmer. "He does that. He's a spark plug. Our offense is somehow dead at this point in time. He definitely woke up the dugout, definitely woke up the offense."
Mitch Moreland and Trent Grisham were running in the ninth inning ahead of Kenley Jansen, who was struggling at reduced speed. In 49th place of the inning, Hosmer landed a 1-2 ankle curve at the knees in front of second baseman Kiké Hernández.
"We have to take some of the momentum we've had in the last couple of innings and we have to carry that over to tomorrow," said Jayres Tingler, Padres manager. "It is for us to do or to die. So will the next three games be."
Zach Davies had the longest run for a starter in San Diego that postseason but gave up four runs in five innings. The right-handed player has allowed eight runs over seven innings in two playoff starts.
With a 5-1 loss in Game 1, San Diego became the first team to use at least nine pitchers in three consecutive games in the playoffs or in the regular season. Another bullpen-heavy game could emerge in Game 3, in which both of the Padres' top 2 starters are injured.
Mike Clevinger was removed from the NLDS squad on Wednesday after spending just two pitches in the second inning of Game 1 while dealing with an elbow problem. The right-handed cannot return to the World Series until the Padres get that far.
Dinelson Lamet left his last start of the regular season on September 25th due to biceps tightening. The right-hander has so far been excluded from the active list for both postseason series.
Tingler said Adrián Morejón will start Game 3 in the 21-year-old left-hander's first playoff start. If there is a game of 4 right-handed Chris Paddack will make his second start in these playoffs.
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