LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers win the World Series, 12 games to seven.
Picking up from where they left off on Wednesday night – seriously, from where they left off – Mookie Bates and Corey Seeger scored one home run after another in the first innings. Justin Turner and AJ Pollock did the same in the fourth inning as the Dodgers again beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Thursday night.
After scoring six home runs in Wednesday’s emphatic comeback, the Dodgers added five more on Thursday.
The win completed the Padres’ third consecutive series sweep by the Dodgers. After losing seven of their first 10 “World Series” matchups with the Padres – Justin Turner’s spring hyperbole about the challenge presented by the Padres – the Dodgers beat their southern neighbors nine in a row, adding to the fall of the second half that Will leave the much-loved 2021 Padres (78-81) without a winning record to show for all the preseason hype.
The Dodgers (103-56), meanwhile, have joined the down-to-the-wire, high-speed division race that was predicted for them this year – with only the San Francisco Giants (105-54) , who swept Arizona set the pace with a 5-4 walk-off win on Thursday.
Back-to-back bombings by Bates and Seeger gave the Dodgers six home runs in a span of 10 plate appearances against the Padres, back in the eighth inning Wednesday’s four-home run rally – seven homers in 14 plate appearances if You extend it back to Bates’ ‘plus-one’ homer in the seventh inning of that return.
When Turner and Pollock also went back-to-back in the fourth inning, it was the Dodgers’ third set of back-to-back home runs in a five-inning period – with Max Muncie in the eighth inning on Wednesday and Pollock, Bates and the first On Thursday, Caesar then Turner and Pollock in fourth. Pollock’s home run (his third in two games) was the Dodgers’ ninth in six innings.
While the Dodgers won for frequency, Fernando Tatis Jr. took top honors for distance.
The Padres’ slumping shortstop broke the 0-for-12 segment that featured nine strikeouts from Tony Gonsolin making a 1-and-0 slider, regretting its existence.
Tatis crushed Hangar over the left field pavilion and outside the stadium (possibly cutting the pavilion’s roof along the way). Estimated at 467 feet, the only long home run at Dodger Stadium since the start of the Statcast era (2015) was a 475-foot drive by the Miami Marlins to Giancarlo Stanton’s recap that year.
Tatis’ impressive campaign made him the fifth hitter to hit the ball outside Dodger Stadium. Hall of Famer Willie Stargall is the only left-hander to do so (and he did it twice). Tatis, Stanton, Mark McGwire and Mike Piazza were the only hitters to clear the left-field pavilion.
It was the last cramp of a dying team – though the Dodgers will be hoping to revive the Padres this weekend by Bay taking at least two games from the Giants in their season-ending series.
The Dodgers took the land-based route to open the game in sixth, scoring three runs with a home run. Singles by Tree Turner, Will Smith, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger mixed with a sacrificial fly by Pollock is enough.
Seeger’s second home run of the night (a solo homer from Padres reliever Austin Adams in the seventh) capped the night.
Last year’s NLCS and World Series MVP are getting their ongoing starts this year. Since early August, Seeger has been batting .323 (61 off 189) with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.
There is much more to come on this story.