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The Padres (64-71) could not quite pull off the sweep of the rival Dodgers (77-60) as Los Angeles pulled away late in Sunday’s game. The series win is the 6th consecutive series win at home for San Diego. The key to this series win was the stellar starting pitching and the solid bullpen behind them. They got hits when they needed them, but the offense sputtered at times.
The team hit .188 in the 3-game series. They also were 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position. The offensive player of the series was Rene Rivera. He had 4 hits in the series with an RBI, two runs scored and two doubles. He was instrumental in both walk-off wins. In fact, he played a big part in each of the three straight walk-off wins they Padres enjoyed this week.
Adrian Gonzalez was pesky in the series, with 6 hits, a home run and two runs scored. The Padres kept the mighty Dodgers lineup at bay for most of the series. It only got away from them in the 8th inning of Sunday’s 7-1 loss. Keeping the Dodgers off base and in the yard was key to this series win.