Even the first inning was unusual. The Padres’ first two batters made outs, then the team scored 4 runs. The Dodgers tied it over their first three innings. They were just getting warmed up.
Ahead, 6-5, at the end of eight, the Padres seemingly put it away with three in the top of the ninth, only to have the first two Dodger hitters hit homers. Trevor Time! Hoffman’s first two pitches were also hit for homers. Yes, four straight batters, four straight homers! Tie game.
But the dramatics were still not over. The Padres scored in the top of the 10th, only to see the Dodgers come back with two in the bottom half–on only one homer, this time.
A team that hardly ever hits home runs hit four in a row, and five in two innings, when staring defeat squarely in the eye.
And, incidentally, it was a battle for first place in the NL West. Really, that is pretty much incidental, as most likely both of these teams are going to the playoffs, taking a lot of the urgency out of a four-game series that the teams split. Maybe they will play again with the pennant really on the line in mid-October. Now that would be fun. In the meantime, as much as I hate to say this, GO GIANTS AND PHILLES!, keep the pressure on.
Dodgers now lead the West by 1/2 game, and are 2 games ahead of the Phillies, the team closest to denying one of these western teams a playoff spot. The Giants are now 4 1/2 out in the West, 4 in the Wild Card, and pretty much done after their 20-8 drubbing by the Rockies.