With the number of remaining games this year so small you could count them on one hand, Joc Pederson and the Dodgers are beginning to heat up again.
On Wednesday night against the Padres, Pederson went 3-3 with 2 homers and 3 RBI, leading the Dodgers to a 6-4 win. Pederson’s first home, a lead-off shot, came on the heels of his 9th inning homer on Tuesday night. His second homer gave the Dodgers the lead after they lost it in the 1st inning.
Despite Pederson’s leadoff homer, the Dodgers found themselves trailing 3-2 after one inning. But Chris Taylor changed that with his 12th homer of the year, tying the game at 3.
In the 7th inning, the Dodgers needed someone else to give them the lead. This time, it was pinch-hitter Edwin Ríos. Ríos absolutely demolished a breaking ball, sending it 473 feet into the night and giving the Dodgers a 5-4 lead.
The Dodgers entered the 9th with a 2 run lead and for the second night in a row, Kenley Jansen was able to close the door.
The Dodgers now lead the Yankees by 1/2 a game but still trail the Astros by 2. Time for home-field advantage is running out.
It’s getaway day as the Dodgers and Padres face off for the final time this year. Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the final time in the regular season again Joey Lucchesi. Kershaw is 15-5 with a 3.15 ERA this year and Lucchesi is 10-9 with a 4.28 ERA. The game will begin at 12:40 pm.