Manny Machado, Matt Kemp, and Austin Barnes each hit home runs and Kemp collected three base hits in the Dodgers’ final home game of the season, as they routed the Padres 14-0. Hyun-Jin Ryu contributed with both his bat and his pitching, as he collected three hits and held the Padres scoreless over six solid innings.
The Dodgers got started with a bang in the second inning when Padres’ starter, Joey Lucchesi, hung a breaking ball against Machado. The ball left Machado’s bat and sailed into the left-field seats, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the birthday boy, Matt Kemp, came to the plate. Lucchesi hung another breaking ball and Kemp crushed it for his 21st homer of the year. The home run also gave Kemp his 1,000th career RBI.
The game stayed close for the first three innings, but the Dodgers blew it open with a six-run fourth inning. It began with a shocking home run from Barnes. You probably guessed it already, but Lucchesi hung a breaking ball. Barnes, who is barely hitting above the Mendoza line with absolutely no power, was able to hit it out for a two-run homer. The Dodgers then used three two-out RBI singles to score four more runs and give them an 8-0 lead.
While all of this was going on, there was another story unfolding. This one was 60.5 feet away from home plate. Ryu spent most of his time shutting down the Padres from the mound. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits and eight strikeouts with no walks.
The Dodgers will hit the road for their final road trip of the season. Their first stop will be Arizona, followed by the finale series of the season in San Francisco. Clayton Kershaw will open the series against the D-backs against Robbie Ray. Kershaw has pitched well in his recent starts. The game will begin at 6:40 pm.