Tatis, Padres have to wait till next year as Dodgers sweep
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Fernando Tatis Jr. bent back from his knees and stared at the sky after his wild throw became San Diego's fifth mistake in the playoffs and gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the bond run.
The 21-year-old budding superstar and the rest of the Padres will have to wait at least another year for the club's first trip to the NL Division Series since 1998.
Tatis's throwing error from his knees behind second base after a dive stop on an infield single from Corey Seager came early in a third inning of five runs that drove the Dodgers to a 3-3 win and a sweep of the neutral on Thursday night Best of Five NLDS.
"We'll remember it for the whole of next year," said the shortstop after San Diego's appearance in the top division for 14 years. "We'll remember that feeling, what it's about. Trust me. I don't like it."
No matter how many pitchers the Padres threw against their rivals in NL West - 11 in a postseason record for a game of any length - they were never really in the series, except for a chance for Slam Diego at the end of Game 2.
The Padres could not add their majors-leading seven Grand Slams from the regular season, although Jake Cronenworth's Walk and Trent Grisham's infield single with the loaded bases gave the Padres a short 2-1 lead in the second.
Tatis, whose drive in the home of the Rangers started the record run of four games in a row with a Grand Slam in San Diego in August, finished the second with a strikeout laden with bases against winner Julio Urías.
The next time the rookie phenomenon surfaced, Urias had lost eight more in a row while LA built an 8-2 lead. Tatis ended up weak on the third base, ending the series 2 of 11.
Tatis, Wil Myers and Manny Machado teamed up for five homers in a 11-9 win that turned the wildcard series against St. Louis in Game 2 and the Padres to their first post-season series win since participating in the World Series 1998 helped.
But the trio only went deep into the NLDS once. Machado's solo shot in Game 2 was immediately followed by one by Eric Hosmer, who faced Joe Kelly with the bases for the final in LA's 6-5 win.
"This is a good season for us," said Myers. “You can look at the negatives. You can see how it ended there tonight. From an organizational point of view, we have taken a big step in the right direction this year. "
A Hodgepodge pitching team that lacked the two best starters also couldn't keep up after San Diego became the first team to send out nine pitchers and win a postseason game with a shutout in a 4-0 win over the Cardinals.
Four of the first five pitchers used by rookie manager Jayce Tingler in Game 3 allowed runs, including three apiece from starter and lost pitcher Adrián Morejón and his successor Craig Stammen.
"We knew that we were understaffed and that we just weren't going to give full throttle with all our pitchers," said Tingler. “But the only thing our boys did was put there. They gave everything they had. "
Trevor Rosenthal gave up two hits in the ninth game when he became the Padres' 11th pitcher. It was the first time at least 10 pitchers have been used in a nine innings postseason game. The total of 24 players was also a record for a postseason game of any length.
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