Surging Padres proceed to chip away at Dodgers’ lead in NL West

The Dodgers’ high-tail of seven straight NL West titles is hereby in wretchedness. The Padres on Monday evening defeated the Dodgers within the series opener at Petco Park (SD 7, LAD 2) and in doing so trimmed L.A.’s lead within the division to 1 1/2 games. The Padres have now won eight in a row and are 10-2 for the month of September. The Dodgers, duration in-between, are 7-5 this month. Mere days within the past, the Dodgers had a six-game lead within the division.

In Monday evening’s game, San Diego relevant-hander Dinelson Lamet used to be dominant opposite Clayton Kershaw: 

Lamet grew to turn into the first pitcher to document 10 or more strikeouts against the Dodgers this season. With the hassle, the 27-year-frail diminished his 2020 ERA to 2.12. 

On the offensive aspect of things, Padres No. 9 hitter Trent Grisham hit his ninth dwelling flee of the season, and tempers perceived to flare as he passed the customer’s dugout alongside the third-infamous line: 

After the sport, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took exception to Grisham’s event on the expense of an brisk story equivalent to Kershaw: 

Maybe that units the scene for the last two games of this series — and the last two Dodgers-Padres encounters of the customary season — on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Circling reduction to Monday’s opener, the Padres broke it launch within the seventh, thanks in phase to a pair of Max Muncy fielding miscues: 

Lefty Drew Pomeranz labored a scoreless eighth for the Padres, and he aloof has yet to enable a flee in 16 innings this season. 

The Padres on Sunday clinched their first winning season since 2010. They haven’t made the playoffs or won the division since 2006. That playoff berth is a particular thing — the SportsLine Projection Mannequin (@SportsLine on Twitter) provides San Diego a 100 p.c likelihood of creating the postseason — and the division title is scheme more capability than it looked even a pair of days within the past. Correct now every thing’s constructing Padres, but the Dodgers aloof have the lead and up-to-the-minute historical past of their prefer. 

On this date a year within the past, the Dodgers had been 19 1/2 games in first field, and the Padres had been 27 games out and in fourth field. While winning the division would no longer point out as grand because of the the one-off constructing of the 2020 postseason, overtaking the rival Dodgers would be an titanic coup for the Padres and their thrilling young core. Such an final end result is now very grand in play.