San Diego parties like it’s 1998.
For a long time, the Padres were owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in this NLDS, they rewrote the script.
With Saturday’s 5-3 victory, the Padres swept the Dodgers with 111 wins in four games and advanced to their first NLCS in 24 years.
In the seventh inning, the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs, but only managed one run. Padras jumped up.
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A walk and back-to-back singles put the Padres on the board, and after Ha-Sung Kim doubled, the deficit was cut to one and the runs and lead were in battle position.
Juan Soto with first base open and then singled to tie the game – and there were still zero outs.
The next two Padres were retired, but after Soto took second, Jake Cronenworth lined a single up the middle to score two runs and give San Diego a 5-3 lead.
At the start of the eighth inning, a torrential downpour came and the field turned into a quagmire. But that didn’t affect Robert Suarez, who pitched the Dodgers in order in the eighth. Josh Hader did the same in the ninth, striking out all three batters he faced, and the celebration began.
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Freddie Freeman drove in two runs with a double in the third. Outside of that, though, Joe Musgrove was excellent. He allowed just those two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out eight. In five scoreless innings, Ty Anderson struck out six Padres and allowed just two hits and two walks. Sure, Dodger fans are doubting Dave Roberts right now.
The Dodgers finished 22 games ahead of San Diego in the NL West standings. The Padres went 5-14 against Los Angeles in the regular season. The Padres were 72-148 against the Dodgers from 2011 to the start of this streak.
But all it took to throw the narrative off was one best of five episodes.
So many times over the years, mostly out of desperation, Padres fans have chanted “Bay LA”
They finally have.
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The Padres and Philadelphia Phillies, the fifth and sixth seeds in the National League, respectively, will begin the NLCS on Tuesday in San Diego.