Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Stripling, Turner, May, First Place

The Dodgers beat the Padres 3-2 in a close nail-biting win Thursday night to claim sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time this season.

The Dodgers defeated the Padres Thursday night 3-2 to put themselves in first place for the first time this season.  Ross Stripling pitched six shutout innings and Kenley Jansen gutted out a save to seal the Dodgers victory.  Matt Kemp had a pinch-hit RBI single and Joc Pederson followed with an RBI single to put the Dodgers up 3-0.

After Daniel Hudson gave up two runs, Dylan Floro and Kenley Jansen combined to blank the Padres in the eighth and ninth inning to preserve the Dodgers series victory.  Next up the Dodgers will head home for three more games with the Anaheim Angels to wrap up the first half of the 2018 season.

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  • The Dodgers take over of first place yesterday is surprisingly the first time they have been in first place all season.  The Dodgers dug themselves into a deep hole to begin the season falling as many as eleven games under 500 but they have been one of the best teams in the National League since June.  The one positive thing is that the Dodgers still seem to have another gear they are capable of reaching.  The rotation hasn’t been healthy all season and in the second half, the Dodgers can finally run through a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling, Walker Buehler, and Alex Wood a few times at least.