The Dodgers came out with a much different tone from their dugout after losing an ugly one on Monday night. Part of that might have been brought on by Trent Grisham showing up Clayton Kershaw, or maybe the fact that they had Justin Turner back in their lineup.
#Dodgers dugout clearly more vocal tonight cheering on at bats than they were last night.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) September 16, 2020
Turner, returning from the injured list after injuring his hamstring, immediately made an impact on the lineup. JT blooped a ball down the line in right field to score the game’s first run in the 1st inning. JT boosted his batting average to .419 with runners in scoring position with that hit.
Edwin Rios also hit a ball to the moon, breaking up a pretty rough slump that he had been going through. That homerun was Rios’ 4th of the year and put the Dodgers up 3-1 in the 5th inning.
Dugout loves it. pic.twitter.com/zZO37j21qa
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 16, 2020
The score would stay mostly the same for the rest of the game with Tony Gonsolin pitching a gem of a game. Caleb Ferguson came in to relieve Gonsolin in the 8th but was able to pitch to just one batter. Ferguson motioned to the dugout after striking out his only batter and was pulled from the game with an injury.
Caleb Ferguson Injury pic.twitter.com/QQZ74TmJiK
— Mad Choriyama (@MadChoriyama) September 16, 2020
Speaking of Tony Gonsolin, what a game. He pitched 7 innings and allowed just one run to come across against a very lethal Padres lineup. Gonsolin also retired the final 8 batters that he faced on the night, completely shutting them down and making batters look lost.
Tony Gonsolin threw seven strong innings and retired the final eight batters he faced tonight. pic.twitter.com/vAG6MrhIXC
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 16, 2020
The game was also not without its drama, as can be expected in any Dodgers game this season. The Padres stormed back in the 9th, mounting a rally against Kenley Jansen. Jansen loaded the bases with just one away but was able to strike out two guys to get out of it and get the win.
Kenley Jansen gave up a line-drive single to Manny Machado, a bloop single to Mitch Moreland and a BB to Austin Nola to load the bases with 1 out. But he struck out Wil Myers with a slider & got Jake Cronenworth on a cutter.
Dodgers win, 3-1, up 2 1/2 on the Padres again. Fun.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 16, 2020
The Dodgers will play one more in San Diego tomorrow night with the Padres still waiting to announce a starting pitcher. Los Angeles will throw Dustin May out there in his first appearance since taking a line drive off of his foot.