After splitting the first two games of the series, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres met for the rubber match Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. Right-handers Mike Bolsinger and James Shields were pitted against one another in what wound up being a tight contest throughout.
The game was scoreless heading into the fourth inning as Bolsinger collected one strikeout after another and Shields quieted the Dodgers. Along with stymying the Dodgers from the mound, Shields helped himself by hitting a base hit to right that sparked a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth.
The Padres scored two runs in the inning and held a lead until the Dodgers managed to tie it in the eighth. With Juan Nicasio on the mound in the ninth, San Diego appeared poised to win on a walk-off as the winning run reached second base with one out.
Will Venable drew a one-out walk and Nicasio appeared intent on putting Juston Upton on base via a walk as well. Nicasio pitched around the Padres’ left fielder but left a 3-0 pitch over the plate.
Upton belted it to straightaway center with an immediate assumption he’d hurt the Dodgers yet again. However, Joc Pederson turned and ran the ball down, making an over-the-shoulder catch moments before colliding with the center field fence. Pederson’s catch sent the game into extra innings and the Dodgers came away with a win in the 12th.