DLD Recap: Dodgers Crush Padres on Betts’ Historic Night

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Post-Game Briefing

After a dominant shutout victory on Wednesday, the Dodgers entered Thursday’s series finale looking to split this four-game set with the San Diego Padres at two games a-piece. Over the nine innings on Thursday, the Dodgers combined 11 runs, 13 hits, and four walks, swatting six home runs as an offensive unit. In his first at-bat since returning from several injury-related off-days, Corey Seager crushed a two-run home run to tie the game in the first inning.

Julio Urías made his fourth start of 2020 on Thursday night, making his way into the seventh inning for the first time this season. Urías allowed only two runs over his six and one-thirds innings of work, coming on a pair of solo home runs surrendered in the first inning. The Dodgers’ bullpen pieced together yet another great night, allowing zero runs over the final two and two-thirds innings the unit was responsible for.

Scoring Plays

  • TOP 1ST: Pham solo home run (1-0 SD)
  • TOP 1ST: Hosmer solo home run (2-0 SD)
  • BOT 1ST: Seager two-run home run (2-2)
  • BOT 1ST: Pollock solo home run (3-2 LAD)
  • BOT 2ND: Betts two-run home run (5-2 LAD)
  • BOT 3RD: Pollock RBI double (6-2 LAD)
  • BOT 4TH: Barnes two-run home run (8-2 LAD)
  • BOT 4TH: Betts solo home run (9-2 LAD)
  • BOT 5TH: Betts two-run home run (11-2 LAD)

Play of the Game

Mookie Betts launched three home runs on Thursday night, becoming only the third player in the history of Major League Baseball to record six games with three home runs in his career. Betts’ three home runs jointly earn tonight’s Dodgers-LowDown play of the game.

Player of the Game

After his historic night at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three home runs, Mookie Betts is an easy choice for Dodgers-LowDown player of the game. Betts raked in five of the Dodgers’ runs on the evening.

Up Next

Next up, the Dodgers will travel to Orange County for a three-game weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels. Clayton Kershaw, who was originally set to start in Thursday’s series finale with the Padres, will open the series at Angel Stadium versus Patrick Sandoval and the Angels. First-pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PDT on Friday.

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017. Follow him on Twitter at @ArrickJoel and follow @DodgersLowDown for more.