Dodgers Win Rubber Game Against San Diego

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The magical 2017 season for the Los Angeles Dodgers kept rolling along on Sunday against the lowly San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball. In fact, they have an outside chance of breaking the record for the most wins in a season. The Dodgers won the final and deciding game of the weekend series 6-4 against San Diego thanks to the power of Justin Turner. The slugging third baseman cracked two homers on the day. That gives him 17 for the season. One of those homers came with two men on base during a 5-run Dodger uprising in the fourth inning. This was the deciding frame in the game.

San Diego got off to a good start in the game. They quickly scored two runs off Dodger starter Kenta Maeda in the top of the first inning. However, that two-run Padre lead would be a thing of the past after the Dodgers exploded for five runs in the fourth inning. Maeda hung around for 5 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs to win his eleventh game of the year against four defeats. He has pitched very well this year since Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw went on the disabled list.

Many people in the media have expected the Dodgers to take their foot off the gas peddle at some point in August or September with a playoff spot all but sewn up. However, that has not happened yet. The Dodgers come to the park each day very hungry like they have something to prove. Perhaps this is true. They have not hoisted a championship banner in Los Angeles in 1988. This current group of Dodger players is well aware of this. They want to be part of the Dodger team that accomplishes what all of the other teams of the past three decades could not. They want to win it all.

Yasmani Grandal went deep for the 15th time this season to cap the Dodgers scoring in their big fourth inning. Over the past three years, the Dodgers have been able to compile a remarkable 34-16 record against San Diego. They also have an 18-game lead in their division. This is the biggest lead that any Dodger team has had in the entire history of the franchise. Dodger players insist they will be focused when the playoffs eventually begin. Manager Dave Roberts said he will make sure his team is prepared.