The Padres were the first to get on the board in Game 1, but their bullpen efforts fizzled out in the sixth inning as the Dodgers tacked on four-straight runs en route to a 5-1 victory over the Friars on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Game 1 of the NLDS.
San Diego’s lone run of the evening came from Austin Nola on an RBU single to deep left field to score Wil Myers all the way from first base.
With a one-run lead, the Padres were feeling somewhat comfortable due to the fact that hits were hard to come by in this one. But that comfort quickly evaporated when Eric Hosmer botched a routine catch at first, letting the ball ricochet off the tip of his glove, which, in turn, allowed 3B Justin Turner to score off the error.
Even with the score at 1-1 heading into the sixth inning, the Padres had yet to allow a hit in the ball game. It still felt like anybody’s game at this point.
But that frustrating error in the fifth seemed to shift the tides drastically in favor of the Dodgers recorded all four of their hits in the sixth, starting with a double by Mookie Betts. The hit put two runners in scoring position and Los Angeles was quick to take full advantage of that situation.
SS Corey Seager popped up to left field to score their second run, which was then followed up by a RBI single from Turner to score Betts for a 3-1 lead. After a double by 1B Max Muncy and C Will Smith getting walked, the bases were loaded.
RF Cody Bellinger capitalized with an infield single RBI before a wild pitch by Craig Stammen helped the Dodgers score their fourth run of the inning and push the Dodgers’ lead to four.
The Padres would only record a single hit the rest of the way and the Dodgers walked away victorious to go up 1-0 in the NLDS.
Ace Mike Clevinger threw just 24 pitches before being pulled early in the second inning. Rookie left-hander Ryan Weathers made his major-league debut throwing 1.1 innings in his first appearance above single-A ball.
Even with a roof, Weathers can still come in. pic.twitter.com/oCft6Uuf0O— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 7, 2020
Game 2 will begin this evening at 6:08pm.