Padres: Trent Grisham’s home run sparks beef with Dodgers in win

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Trent Grisham’s solo blast tied the game for the Padres, and the Dodgers weren’t too happy about his home run celebration in the Friars 7-2 win.

Through the first several innings in the Padres matchup with the Dodgers last night, San Diego’s offense was generally quiet as Clayton Kershaw looked like vintage Kershaw. The Dodgers big lefty fanned nine over 6.1 innings. Combined with Dinelson Lamet‘s four-pitch walk of Austin Barnes, that came around to score, it felt like it was going to be a disappointing start to a critical series.

But when Trent Grisham stepped into the box in the sixth inning, he smashed a no-doubter to right field. The Padres centerfielder knew he got all of it, looked into the Padres dugout to celebrate, which wasn’t taken too kindly by the Dodgers. As Grisham rounded third base, the Dodgers dugout was barking at him.

But Grisham’s home run would prove to be the turning point for the Padres as they erupted for five more runs in the seventh inning, chasing Kershaw and handing him the loss after Pedro Baez’s fine work. Offensive contributions came from all areas of this team, which were kick-started by Wil Myers, hustling to beat out an infield single.

He would come around to score on a Jorge Ona looping double into right field. Both Greg Garcia and Grisham followed with fielder’s choice. On Garcia’s, though, Jurickson Profar had one of the best heads-up plays, with Max Muncy fielding the ball near first base. He took one step towards the bag, and that was all Profar needed to safely slide in ahead of the throw at home.

Myers put the cherry on top with his 13th home run of the year in the eighth inning, give the Padres a 7-1 lead.

The bottom of the Padres order was a glaring black eye through the first few innings, which is interesting because Ona, Garcia, and Grisham all had significant roles in producing the comeback.

Dinelson Lamet

Lamet is having an outstanding year and one that could see him finish in the top three of Cy Young voting, if not winning the darn thing. He went seven magnificent innings, fanning 11 Dodgers while allowing only two walks and dropping his ERA to 2.12 on the year.

Game Two

After being cryptic right up until game time, the Dodgers have announced that Tony Gonsolin will start Game 2 against Padres righty Zach Davies. The last time the 26-year-old faced the Padres, he was excellent, fanning eight batters over 4.2 innings while allowing just one walk.

Davies has arguably been the Padres most consistent pitcher. He last faced the Dodgers on August 12, fanning five over seven innings while allowing two earned runs and two walks.

Let’s get it.