The Dodgers and Padres went at it once again on Thursday night playing in Game 3 of the NLDS. Los Angeles was going for the series sweep while San Diego was trying their best to not get sent home early.
Starting Pitcher Confusion
The Dodgers had Dustin May listed as their starter with many assuming they would change him out early. No one could have predicted how early they did switch him though, as Los Angeles let May go just 1 inning. After that, they turned things over to the bullpen to get things done.
The Padres threw out Adrian Morejon to go after the team’s first win in the series. Morejon gave up 3 runs on just 2 hits and allowed a pair of walks. He left the game tied until the Dodgers came out swinging and put up a 5 spot in the 3rd.
Dodgers Offense Explodes
It was a big night for the Dodgers offense and it came at a really good time. They also found a way to do it without hitting any homeruns either, as the entire lineup continues to find way to manufacture runs at Globe Life Field. The 5-run 3rd inning set the tone for the entire game and the Padres never stood a chance after that.
Gimme five. pic.twitter.com/Y2QMFHae88
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 9, 2020
Julio Urias came into the game as the bulk innings man for the Dodgers right after Adam Kolarek. Julio was sparkling in his lone NLDS outing, pitching 5 scoreless innings and striking out 6 Padres batters. Urias was THE reason that San Diego couldn’t manage scratch across a few runs just to make things close.
Urías tonight: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 6 K, 1 BB
His playoffs so far: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 11 K, 1 BB
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) October 9, 2020
The Dodgers will stay right here at Globe Life Field for the National League Championship Series. They get to take on the Atlanta Braves who also just finished up a sweep of their own. The Braves ran through the Miami Marlins with relative ease and completed that sweep today.