Great Moments in Dodgers History: September 18th 2006: A Blast from the Past

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Dodger Fans, there are important moments in Dodgers history that show the team at its zenith.  It could be a homerun in the World Series, or a regular season perfect game.  Either way these are moments remembered forever in the eyes of the fans.  Today’s article brings us back to the 2006 season when the term “back to back” was never taken more seriously.

September 18th 2006, the Dodgers were set to take on the San Diego Padres for a matinee game in Los Angeles.  The Dodgers came in with a record of 78-71 and were fighting for the NL West title.  Their main competitors for the NL West in 2006 were the San Diego Padres, coming in with a record of 78-70.  The starter for the Dodgers was Brad Penny and going opposite him for the Padres was Jake Peavy.

The first inning seemed to set the tempo for the game.  It would be an offensive showdown in Dodger Town.  San Diego scored four runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI double by former Dodger great Mike Piazza.  The Dodgers would comeback in the next three innings, scoring four runs.  The big blow came off the bat of Rafael Furcal, who hit a home run to centerfield.  The game was tied 4-4 after three innings.  There would be no more scoring until the 8th inning when the Padres scored two runs.  Then they would score three in the ninth.  LA was down 9-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.