Padres heads home with an overwhelming victory in the second leg.

LOS ANGELES — Padres played this game with the Dodgers before. The match was a head-and-forth slug, with two NL Western heavyweights punching deep into the Los Angeles night. Too often, they find themselves at the wrong end of it. But when they needed it most, and absolutely had to have it, Padres found a way out of an impromptu classic at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night. Now they are heading back to San Diego with Split. And this National League Division series got very interesting. Padres tied the NLDS in one game with a 5-3 win over Los Angeles. After the day off, the series moves to San Diego for the first time in 16 years to play a home playoff game in front of fans at Petco Park. After winning against a specific opponent like this, suddenly it feels like anything is possible. “It’s playoff baseball,” said Padres third baseman Manny Machado. “This is what we play all year round.” And this was the best playoff baseball ever, the game that had it all. Early home run dam. Some middle inning defense magic. The second half of the drama where the Padres’ bullpen once again proved their mettle. “I think,” Machado thought. “It came and went all night,” said second baseman Jake Cronenworth. “Base runners, they were out of the jam and we were out of the jam. Just trying to score those goals at the end of the game was a huge accomplishment.” Now the series is tied, but history says Padres could really get the upper hand: in the division series currently in 2-2-1 format (except the 2020 series played on neutral sites), the previous case where the team splits the first two games is 39 In those 39 series, the clubs heading home for games 3 and 4 made it 26 times (67%), Machado said, “one by one they go home.” It was Machado who opened the scoring with a home run and a RBI double in the third, but the game was tied in three innings in the third, and Padres starter Yu Darvish allowed three solo homers, Darvish allowed catcher Austin Nola. finished 5 innings as he helped prevent a stolen base from Mookie Betts in the bottom of the 5. Padres took the 6th lead in RBI on Jurickson Profar, but didn’t go any further. He excelled at nailing Wil Myers to home base on a squeeze attempt, and center fielder Cody Bellinger turned back to steal Nola’s extra stolen base from the wall, setting the game’s decisive moment, the fateful floor of the bottom of the 6th inning manager Bob. Melvin sticks with Darvish, cornering people from nowhere. Enter Robert Suarez for a miraculous escape move. Strike out Justin Turner and then bounce Gavin Lux into an inning-ending double play Suarez. avoided another jam in the 7th, and Will Smith flew to the center with a loaded base to end the threat The unannounced 31-year-old Suarez, who has spent the last five seasons in Japan, is now the Padres’ set-up man, 8 He hasn’t allowed a run since May, and Cronenworth, who started the double play, said, “He’s been amazing for us. did it “The difference in the game is right there,” Machado said. Joe Musgrove (San Diego kid, now presumed to have secured a hometown playoff start in Game 4) said: “He really doesn’t talk, he’s very quiet, and he’s always very stoic. But he is a competitor. You’ll know when he gets on the mound.” Cronenworth’s eighth moonshot doubled the lead and Hader slammed the door shut. Padres lost all six series to the Dodgers during the regular season. Those series all of a sudden feel like they mean very little: “We played a lot of close quarters like that during the season, and it always felt like we were losing those games,” said Profar. “Tonight, we feel like we won. It’s good and gives me the confidence to go home.” Padres got back on the bus after a regular season at Petco Park before flying to New York for the Wild Card Series. They’re still alive and in amazingly good condition. Fans are waiting for them, it should be quite a weekend in the East Village, said Juan Soto, “I’ve never played a postseason game there, but I’m sure it’s going to be pretty noisy.”

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