Padres Win Series Over Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been winning games on a pace that is threatening to break the all-time record for most wins in a Major League Baseball season. However, the lowly San Diego Padres proved to be more than the Dodgers could handle during a series of four games over the weekend. The Padres won the final three games of the series. This included a sweep of the doubleheader on Saturday. Losing three games in a row was something the Dodgers never expected. Having the Padres be the team to accomplish that feat was absolutely unthinkable.

To say that the Dodgers and Padres are teams headed in two completely different directions might be the understatement of the century. The Dodgers are having a season for the ages. They have been more games over .500 than any other Dodger team in the long and distinguished history of the franchise. That have run away with their division and have had a playoff spot locked up for several months. On the other hand, the Padres are simply playing out the string. It has been yet another season to forget in San Diego. Even with the Dodgers going 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Padres are still in fourth place and 30 games out of first.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts tried to stay upbeat when he was interviewed after the series loss. He said that he was not discouraged about the way that his team played during the final three games of the series. He believes that his team will play much better during their upcoming series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers still have an amazing 92-44 record. No other team is even close. There is more good news for the Dodgers. The seventh and deciding game of the World Series will be played on the home field of the team that has the best record of the two participants. Therefore, it appears that the Dodgers will have the home field advantage for as long as they are in the playoffs.

The weekend did have a bright spot for the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger continued his amazing rookie season by cracking his 36th home run of the season. This was significant because it broke Hall of Famer Mike Piazza's Dodger rookie record for home runs that he set way back in 1993. Bellinger will undoubtedly be the National League Rookie of the Year.


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