The Dodgers were able to come back and defeat the San Diego Padres, thanks in part to rookie catcher Will Smith.
Just last night in Colorado, Smith proved to be the go-ahead homer hero — a record shot for a rookie. Tonight, he continued to rake in big spots.
Early in the game, the Padres and Dodgers exchanged solo HRs — Hunter Renfroe in the second inning and Cody Bellinger responded with a solo dinger of his own. San Diego retook the lead on an RBI single off the bat of former Dodger shortstop Manny Machado.
In the sixth inning, the Padres made the mistake of loading up the bases… for Will Smith. Of course Smith connected for the second grand slam of his Major League career, putting the Dodgers up 5-2.
Los Angeles added another run in the inning on a single and a double to lead 5-2. In the seventh inning, Cody Bellinger added to his RBI total with a double, driving in Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock, putting the game firmly out of reach for the Padres.
With the win, the Dodgers improve to 72-39 on the season.
After the game, Dave Vassegh caught up with Will Smith.
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In response to two grand slams in two weeks:
“Yeah, you take those. It’s pretty fun; it’s cool, it’s a good time to get that one. We get the win for him (Kershaw). It got everyone up, got some more runs, it was great. I was pumped up, excited, you get the lead and set you up to win the ballgame.”
Will Smith was also the catcher of record when Clayton Kershaw passed Sandy Koufax in all-time strikeouts. He added, “that was pretty special. That’s cool.”
The Fresh Prince is now hitting a ridiculous .349 on the season with 6 home runs and 19 RBI in 14 games.