Dodgers rout Padres in opener of NL West battle

LOS ANGELES — Over the previous couple of days, the Padres have actually been the talk of the baseball world. San Diego gotten super star Juan Soto from the Nationals, in addition to All-Star Josh Bell. They likewise made different offers for All-Star better Josh Hader and infielder Brandon Drury.

On paper, the Padres are a much-improved group. Those acquisitions developed a buzz around this weekend’s three-game series in Los Angeles. But on Friday night, the Dodgers advised everybody that the NL West still goes through them, providing a declaration to the Padres with an 8-1 win at Dodger Stadium.

Since the start of July, the Dodgers have actually won 26 of 31 video games. They are now a Majors-finest 40 video games over .500 with a 73-33 record. The Dodgers are 6-2 versus the second-place Padres and have actually constructed a 13.5-game lead in the department standings.

“You can write as many articles as you want, but I think our view of it might be different — not in a good or bad way,” stated Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner. “I think they got a lot better adding some depth to their lineup. It seems like a lot of guys can hurt you with [Bell], Soto and Drury over there. They definitely got better, but we took care of business tonight.”

After going through a psychological pregame event to honor the life of famous broadcaster Vin Scully, the Dodgers squandered no time at all advising the Padres why they lead most offending classifications this season.

Mookie Betts, Turner and Freddie Freeman instantly integrated to pack the bases versus Padres left-hander Sean Manaea. Will Smith, who went 3-for-4 on Friday, drove in Betts with an infield single. Turner happened to score on the play following a tossing mistake by Drury.

Two batters later on, Hanser Alberto struck a double down the left-field line to plate 2 more runs. Just like that, the Dodgers were up 4-0 in the very first inning.

“We just took advantage of the first inning and got downhill,” Turner stated. “Put pressure on them and continued that throughout the game. I feel like everybody contributed one through nine. It was a good offensive day for us.”

The Dodgers weren’t done flaunting. In the 3rd, the Dodgers set up another misaligned number on the scoreboard. Chris Taylor, who was making his very first look given that July 4, struck a two-run double off Manaea to press the result in 6-0. Cody Bellinger, among the 2 lefties in the lineup, signed up with the hit parade, providing a two-run double of his own to top off the Dodgers’ 2nd four-run inning of the night.

The Dodgers’ offense integrated for 12 hits on Friday. Seven of the 9 beginners taped a minimum of one hit. The leading 4 in the lineup integrated to go 8-for-15 with 6 runs scored.

It took a while, however the Dodgers’ offense is appearing like the juggernaut most anticipated at the start of the season. L.A. leads the National League with 559 runs and has actually scored 5 or more runs in 5 of the last 6 video games.

“The messaging has been consistent on my part, our part, just focusing on ourselves and playing good baseball,” stated Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts.

The offending surge was ample for All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin, who enhanced to 13-1 this season with 5 scoreless innings. Gonsolin dealt with his command early, requiring 30 pitches to survive the very first inning. But the right-hander had the ability to settle in, keeping the Padres off the scoreboard.

These 2 groups will play 11 more times in the routine season. With the skill on both sides, blowouts like these aren’t anticipated frequently. But for one night, the Dodgers sent out a quite clear message.

“Today doesn’t have an effect on tomorrow, so they can come out and kick our butts tomorrow,” Turner stated. “I think you just take it one step at a time, one game at a time – I know it’s boring – but I think that’s what we’ve done all year, and I think that’s why we’re in the position we’re in.”

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