I’d say that didn’t last long, but I’d be lying after Friday-night-into-Saturday-morning’s marathon between the Dodgers and the Padres. Before the game last night, Corey Seager and Dave Roberts were careful with the wording as they tap-danced around questions about a rivalry brewing in San Diego.
Seager offered up that it was just like any other game against a division opponent and has no more weight than that. While Roberts added that all the hype is good for baseball and good for fans, “I’m not gonna make too much out of one game or one series.”
But after 12 innings, 17 total pitchers, and multiple lead changes in a loud Petco Park down in San Diego, a tired Doc changed his tune.
I’m very hesitant to get ahead of things, but it was like a playoff game. It was. They deployed a lot of guys, we deployed a lot of guys. The intensity was there. … The crowd was great. I’m just spent emotionally.
The final score was 11-6, but it was a much closer game than that all night long. Each side had timely hits, sloppy play, and key heroes step up when the moment called for them. The game also featured a bench-clearing incident after an unintentional hit by pitch in the 10th inning that winning pitcher David Price thought was the moment the matchup officially became a rivalry.
Nobody wanted to lose that game… this is a fun rivalry to be a part of. … especially more so after the benches cleared. I was thinking that out in the bullpen, all rivalries in baseball are good, but once you get that first bench clearing, that’s when it goes to that next level.
The two weary teams match up again tonight with Clayton Kershaw on the bump for LA facing off against former teammate Yu Darvish in a marquee pitcher’s duel. One where both teams need length out of their starters.