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Dodgers Take Game 2 of the NLDS in Dramatic Fashion

Highlights from Game 2 of the NLDS.



The Dodgers and Padres played an exciting one tonight in game 2 of the National League Divison Series in Arlington. After the bats got a slow start in Game 1, both teams came out swinging and the homeruns finally showed up.

Starting Pitching 

With Mike Clevinger going down early in Game 1, Jayce Tingler and the Padres leaned on Zach Davies to go deep into tonight’s game. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Davies made it just 5 innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Davies gave up 4 earned runs and struck out 3 Los Angeles hitters without allowing a single walk.

For the Dodgers, they once again handed the ball to Clayton Kershaw for a Game 2 start. Kershaw went 6 innings and gave up a pair of solo homeruns before they went to the bullpen in the 7th. He allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 6 Padres without allowing a walk as well. 

Offense Wakes Up

Unlike Game 1, the Dodgers came out swinging early in this one. Corey Seager got them on the board in the 3rd with an RBI double down the right-field line that drove in a pair. Max Muncy dropped in a base hit of his own that inning to score Seager from second. 

Cody Bellinger put a few good swings on the ball too, including a solo shot in the 4th that gave the Dodgers a 3-run lead. After San Diego came back, the offense came through once again in the 7th inning. A pair of stolen bases, a sacrifice fly, and a Max Muncy bloop single combined to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead heading into the 8th. 

Defensive Gem of the Game

Cody Bellinger has the tendency to show up big on defense during the playoffs for the Dodgers. He did it once again in the 7th inning when Brusdar Graterol came on to face Fernando Tatis Jr. Just watch as he absolutely robs Tatis of a go-ahead homerun in a BIG spot. 

Unfortunately, Kenley Jansen also left us with some bad feelings despite the dramatic win. He came on in the 9th inning and allowed a run to score and a few runs to reach before Dave Roberts pulled him. The Padres ultimately loaded the bases for Joe Kelly before he got Eric Hosmer to groundout to end the ballgame. 

Up Next

The Dodgers and Padres will play Game 3 of the NLDS tomorrow night with another start time of 6:08 pm Pacific. Niether team has announced their starting pitchers as of now, but San Diego has at least three guys in play to get the nod, Los Angeles could go to Tony Gonsolin or Julio Urias, but it’s also possible both guys end up pitching in that game.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Kershaw did great against the Padres until he ran into a little trouble in the 6th with those back to back homeruns from Machado and Hosmer. BUT Cody Bellinger, are you kidding me??? That catch was absolutely amazing and is likely to be a (if not “THE”) MLB highlight for awhile during this postseason. Wow! Admittedly, I enjoyed Graterol waving Machado, goodbye and watching Machado freak out.
    As to the 9th inning…its the elephant in the room so I will not belabor the obvious. A
    messy win is still a win, nonetheless. Lets close this series out tomorrow! Go Dodgers!

    Oh and Happy Birthday, Mookie!

  2. The starters need to go longer in some of these games. We can’t be burning Treinen and Graterol with Jansen not being able close. This was such a great game until the 9th where a major problem reared its head. I like the way the rest of the team is functioning together it’s what we’ve always wanted. The uniforms look extra nice in this ballpark I feel like the lights are too bright at dodger stadium

  3. Watch Jansen’s body language on the mound. He had no confidence.
    Look at him on the bench he wasn’t watching the end he was looking at his arm. he didn’t care about the GAME!
    Roberts needs to get his act together and stop using Jansen he has lost his velocity and his pitches flatten out.
    What a catch be Bellinger! He went a long way on a ball that was curving…Wow-what a catch!

  4. Should I again say what everyone else but Dave Roberts knows, that Jansen should not close games? I’ve said it so many times, and Jansen keeps proving me right.
    Roberts has a choice. He can choose to keep closing games with Jansen, or win a world championship. I honestly think he is willing to sacrifice a world championship for his good friend Jansen.

    As for Joe Kelley, he shouldn’t pitch at all. We have a great bullpen. Everyone in it is better than Kelley. Take your pick.

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