After watching the Pads score eight unanswered runs to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 9-1 lead, with Max Scherzer on the mound (!), the Dodgers’ bats woke up and responded in their final two opportunities of the evening.
First, Mookie Betts cranked a solo shot into the left field seats to make it a 9-6 game, and then the fireworks were uncorked in the bottom of the eighth.
Padres reliever Emilio Pagan turned into the human form of a piñata and allowed THREE solo home runs to Max Muncy, AJ Pollock and Cody Bellinger (which tied the game) before giving up a pinch-hit double to Justin Turner. That was when manager Jayce Tingler had enough. He figured a change was needed after every last bit of possible damage before the official avalanche could be done.
Then he called on Nabil Crismatt, who got Mookie Betts to fly out, but then gave up the dagger to Corey Seager. That two-run blast gave the Dodgers the 11-9 lead and eventual victory. But perhaps the best part was listening to the Padres’ dejected broadcast throughout the entire ordeal.
The Padres’ broadcast was defeated after the Dodgers’ comeback.
“This is bottom,” said Don Orsillo after Seager crossed home plate and all but officially sealed the Padres’ fate (Kenley Jansen took care of that in the top of the ninth by striking out the side).
With each passing home run, Orsillo’s tone got more and more morose with the ” … and it’s … gone” calls. Fellow broadcaster Mark Grant yelling “NO!” after the sound Bellinger’s bat made and then “OH, COME ON!” on Seager’s game-winning shot was just the perfect way to sum up the Padres’ disastrous second half of the season.
They’re now 78-80 after months of telling the world they were ready to dethrone the Dodgers and contend for a World Series.
Don’t worry, Padres fans. The pain will end soon enough, though it doesn’t help you have to finish the year against the best team in MLB.
The least you could do, however, is try to grab some victories and salvage a .500 record. It’d help your morale … but more importantly, it’d assist your old buddies who are trying to keep their division title streak alive.