Padres vs. Dodgers score, takeaways: San Diego bullpen grabs NLDS lead, Trent Grisham helps beat LA

In the San Diego Padres’ first home playoff game with fans since 2006, the hosts cheered the crowd as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. The Padres took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series with a win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. That means the Padres are one win away from eliminating the Dodgers, who won a franchise-record 111 games in the regular season.

Padres starter Blake Snell went 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and the San Diego bullpen continued to put zeroes on the board. On offense, Trent Grisham hit his third home run of the 2022 postseason.

The winner of this series will advance to the NLCS to face the Philadelphia Phillies-Atlanta Braves NLDS winner.

Now, for the takeaways from Game 3.

Tony Gonzolin couldn’t give the Dodgers much

Thanks to a forearm injury, Gonzolin was sidelined for more than a month and returned in time to make a brief start against the Rockies on October 3. In Game 3 on Friday night, he wasn’t himself. Command was poor, and Gonzalez’s fastball velocity was a tick or less (as it was against Colorado in his last start). He endured a 31-pitch first inning, and Dave Roberts warmed up Andrew Heaney in that first frame. Things could have gotten worse in the second, but Gonzolin escaped disaster when Jurickson’s proffer punt attempt went awry.

Roberts was scheduled to throw 75 pitches or more to Consolin in Game 3, but he lasted just 42 pitches and 1 1/3 innings. In that span he allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. Through the first two games of the series, the Dodgers have dialed up eight relief appearances and eight relief innings. The day before Game 3 and even with a first-round bye, the LA Pens are racking up some recent miles. This trend continued on Friday.

The Padres’ bullpen was nails

In the first two games of this series, the San Diego bullpen put up these numbers: 9 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 SO, 4 BB. Then in the crucial Game 3, the same pen was tasked with preserving a one-run lead for 11 outs — including Nick Martinez in the sixth, who inherited a runner with one run scored. Once again, the San Diego relief corps rose to the challenge and did so against one of the best offenses in MLB. Now for the updated numbers for the NLDS: 13 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 15 SO, 4 BB.

Trent Grisham continued his postseason fireworks

Bates center fielder and no. 8 hitter Trent Grisham endured a pretty tough regular season at the plate, but he homered twice in three games to upset the Mets in the Wild Card Series. In the first two games of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Grisham didn’t do much, but he rediscovered his first-run power strike in the fourth inning of Game 3:

Andrew Heaney traveled 389 feet off the bat at 109.8 mph. The third home run of the 2022 postseason — through six games played — put Grisham in elite franchise company:

At the very least, he’ll have two more games to tie or break Jim Laeritz’s record. More importantly, the Padres wouldn’t be in their current situation without Grisham’s October power surge.

The Dodgers again struggled with runners in scoring position

The Dodgers came up empty in RISP situations for the second straight game on Friday night. In Game 3, they went 0 for 9 with RISP, which means they are now 0 for 19th. Suffice it to say, the Dodgers got two timely wins out of this series.

History favors the Padres

Not surprisingly, the Padres are in good shape at 2-1 in a best-of-five series. In the history of the best-of-five league division series, 67 times a team has taken a 2-1 series lead, and 49 teams have won the series 2-1. Constructed another way, LDS said 26.9 percent of teams that are 2-1 have come back to win.

For the Dodgers, the first step toward defying the odds and history comes in Game 4 on Saturday. Tyler Anderson goes up against Joe Muscro for LA, and first pitch is scheduled for 9:07pm at Petco Park in San Diego. Shortstop Trey Turner Could be a game time decision for the Dodgers. He injured his fingers in Game 3 while diving back to first base on a pick-off attempt. X-ray was negative.

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