Recap: Dodgers Punch Ticket to NLCS With 12-3 Rout of Padres 

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POST-GAME BRIEFING

The Dodgers are sweeping their way through the postseason. After taking two from Milwaukee, they completed their sweep of San Diego tonight with a commanding 12-3 victory. 

Dustin May grabbed the early attention by setting down the Padres in order in the first with double-digit pitches, but it was Julio Urías who really impressed, carrying the Dodgers through the middle five innings of the game while giving up only a single unearned run. Treinen, Baez, and Floro closed it out, and the Dodgers punched their ticket to the NLCS.

Offensively, the cavernous confines of Globe Life Field meant the Dodgers had to play small ball to score runs. That…was not a problem. The Boys in Blue scored five runs on five singles in the third to reclaim the lead over the Padres, which they never relinquished. San Diego used 11 pitchers to try and stop the Dodgers at the plate…but none were successful.

SCORING PLAYS

TOP 2nd: Cody Bellinger single/fielder’s choice (1-0 LAD)

BOT 2nd: Jake Cronenworth walk (1-1)

BOT 2nd: Trent Grisham single (2-1 SD)

TOP 3rd: Corey Seager single (2-2)

TOP 3rd: Justin Turner single (3-2 LAD)

TOP 3rd: AJ Pollock single (4-2 LAD)

TOP 3rd: Joc Pederson double (6-2 LAD)

TOP 4th: Will Smith single (7-2 LAD)

TOP 5th: Mookie Betts sacrifice fly (8-2 LAD)

BOT 6th: Tommy Pham balk (8-3 LAD)

TOP 9th: Will Smith double (10-3 LAD)

TOP 9th: Cody Bellinger triple (12-3 LAD)

DLD PLAY OF THE GAME

DLD’s play of the game is the one that closed out the game – and the series: Dylan Floro’s strikeout of Trent Grisham to propel the Dodgers into the next round.

DLD PLAYER OF THE GAME

This game was so good, we couldn’t choose just one player of the game. DLD’s co-players of the game are Will Smith and Julio Urías.

Smith had himself quite the night. He became the first player in Dodgers history and first catcher in MLB history to collect five hits (three singles and two doubles) in a postseason game. Smith also knocked in three runs on top of it.

Julio Urias pitched five stellar innings of middle relief, striking out six batters, a Dodgers postseason record, and giving up just one unearned run (after an error by AJ Pollock and a balk). 

UP NEXT

The Dodgers will get a few days off before facing the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS on Monday, October 12. Time and starting pitchers TBD.

Amanda Powers is an editor and writer for Dodgers-LowDown. She’s been a Kershaw stan since 2008. Follow her on Twitter @geekpowers