MLB-best Dodgers to fourteenth NLCS after 12-3 victory to sweep Padres

Justin Turner put the Dodgers ahead with a record-breaking hit in a major inning powered by a pleasant stop-turned sour by Fernando Tatis Jr., and Los Angeles finished off a three-game NL Division Series clear of the San Diego Padres with a 12-3 win Thursday night.

Will Smith set a Dodgers postseason record with five hits, and Joc Pederson had a two-run single to cover that unequivocal five-run third as Los Angeles progressed to its fourth NL Championship Series in five years — the Dodgers lost to the Washington Nationals in a five-game division arrangement last season. It will be the Dodgers’ fourteenth NLCS, coordinating the St. Louis Cardinals for the most.

Turner’s RBI single made it 3-2 and was his 64th vocation postseason hit, breaking a bind with Steve Garvey for the most in Dodgers postseason history.

“Records are cool, championships are better,” Turner said. “Until you’re the last team standing, that’s the ultimate goal.”

That came just after Tatis, the 21-year-old sprouting whiz, made a jumping play on Corey Seager’s hard grounder, yet then attempted to make a toss from his knee. The ball skipped along the earth and past first baseman Eric Hosmer, permitting Mookie Betts to score the tying run.

After 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger was purposefully strolled with two outs after previously having a 2-0 check, AJ Pollock drove home Turner with a solitary, and Pederson lined his single over the outstretched glove of third baseman Manny Machado to make it 6-2.

Smith conveyed a RBI single in the fourth and a two-run twofold in the ninth off the eleventh Padres pitcher — a postseason record. Betts, a day after his 28th birthday celebration and finished paperwork for 12 additional years, scored multiple times and had a fielder’s choice.

“We obviously feel pretty confident about our club. We still have a lot of work to do,” Pollock said. “Our offense was great … big plays, big moments from a lot of different guys through the series.”

Los Angeles will remain in Arlington to open the best-of-seven NLCS on Monday against Atlanta with fans in participation unexpectedly during this pandemic-adjusted season. The World Series will likewise be played in the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2 billion arena with the retractable rooftop.

Julio Urias (2-0), the third Dodgers pitcher, struck out six, strolled one and permitted an unmerited run over his five innings.

Garvey went to three World Series with the Dodgers and was essential for their 1981 title. After three years, he was with the Padres for their first World Series appearance.

Tatis, Machado and these Padres, who got just a single inning out of harmed Mike Clevinger this postseason and were likewise without their other top starter Dinelson Lamet, should hang tight until next season for one more opportunity to surpass the Dodgers.

The Padres stacked the bases in the lower part of the second, yet there would be not any more excellent pummels dislike in the four games in succession they hit those against the Rangers, including their solitary two past games at Globe Life Field. That pummel streak began a seven-game series of wins that drove San Diego into second spot in the NL West, where it stayed and completed six games behind the Dodgers.

“Their pitching staff over there was really good,” Padres rookie manager Jayce Tingler said. “We had a couple of opportunities to strike when we had some baserunners on. It seems like when we got to those positions, that’s when their guys beared down and made some pitches.”

San Diego took a 2-1 lead, on freshman Jake Croneworth’s stroll after Wil Myers was purposefully strolled to stack the bases with two outs, and Trent Grisham’s RBI single before Tatis struck out.

Just four pitchers had ever been more youthful when beginning a potential disposal game than Padres lefty Adrian Morejon (0-1) at 21 years and 224 days old. He permitted three runs, the last hitter he confronted being Seager on the play with Tatis’ mistake. The main pitchers more youthful when beginning a potential disposal game were Kerry Wood, Steve Avery, Bret Saberhagen, and Fernando Valenzuela.


The Padres’ 11 pitchers were a record for a nine-inning postseason game. They had coordinated the past record of nine effectively multiple times — in Games 2 and 3 of the NL special case round against St. Louis and the NLDS opener. It meant 51 diverse contributing appearances six season finisher games. The Padres utilized 24 complete players Thursday, the most ever in any season finisher game.

“We knew we were short-handed, just not being at full throttle with all of our pitchers,” Tingler said. “But the one thing our guys did, they laid it out there. They gave it everything they had.”


Dodgers starter Dustin May, the 23-year-old right-hander grew up around 30 miles away in Justin, Texas, tossed a larger number of balls than strikes (9-7) in the primary inning. Yet, five of those pitches were in any event 100 mph and he confronted just three players since Tatis was found taking when he overslid the base in the wake of drawing a one-out walk. May won the NLDS opener with two immaculate innings.


Turner had coordinated Garvey with his RBI single in Game 2 on Tuesday night, and later included a fielder’s choice. Turner’s 37 RBIs are likewise an establishment record in the postseason. In 59 postseason games, the Southern California local has hit .294 (64 for 218) with nine homers.


Padres: Spring preparing opener Feb. 27 against Seattle at the complex the two groups share in Peoria, Arizona.

Dodgers: Their fourth postseason against the Braves, who cleared Miami in the different NLDS played around four hours away in Houston. Their initial three season finisher gatherings were in the NLDS, with Atlanta clearing the Dodgers in 1996, and Los Angeles dominating in four matches in 2013 and 2018.