Dodgers Win Game 2 of the NLDS
The Los Angeles Dodgers edged out a win in game 2 of the National League Division Series over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Clayton Kershaw was able to overcome the narrative of struggling in the post season by a very slim margin as the Dodgers almost were able to narrowly hang on to a 6-5 victory.
Although Kershaw was able to get off to a solid start in the first five innings, Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer were able to hit back-to-back homeruns for the Padres to bring them back into the game. Fortunately, Kershaw was able to escape the inning with a 4-3 lead.
The intensity of the game continued into the 7th inning when Graterol took over the mound for the Dodgers. After a sensational catch by Cody Belinger the Dodgers and Padres had a heated exchange that added fuel to the fire in the ball game.
The Dodgers utilized that intensity in the bottom of the inning as they scored a couple runs that made it a 6-3 ball game. The Padres were down but definitely not out as they made a great push in the ninth inning to try to level the score.
Los Angeles threw Kenley Jansen in the game to close it out and get the win, but his postseason struggles continued as well. A pinch hit RBI double by Mitch Moreland, followed up by an RBI single by Trent Grisham made it a 6-5 ballgame.
This caused the Dodgers to take Jansen out and throw Joe Kelly in to try to get out of a nail biting ninth inning. Fortunately for Los Angeles, Joe Kelly was able to save the day and get the win for the Dodgers.
Los Angeles now leads the best of 5 series 2-0 and will look to complete the sweep on Thursday night.