The rivalry between the Dodgers and the Padres is fast becoming one of the most heated in baseball. Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner said during spring training that he expected the divisional meetings with San Diego this year to be like “19 World Series games” and so far they have lived up to expectations.
The Dodgers were two of three at San Diego last weekend, including a game Saturday in which Clayton Kershaw yelled at Jurickson Profar for his “bull —- swing” that resulted in catcher interference. Profar responded and told Kershaw to “shut the fuck up.”
The second series of the season between the two teams, a four-game game at Dodger Stadium, began Thursday night. The Dodgers tied the game at 2 with consecutive home runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Padres were able to regain the lead in the top of the eighth when Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a groundout that allowed Profar to score from the third.
The Dodgers seemed ready to erase that lead once again in the bottom of the inning after Padres reliever Nabil Crismatt allowed a ground rule single and double to open the inning. Then Crismatt was raised in favor of Tim Hill, who made Max Muncy second. San Diego manager Jayce Tingler asked that AJ Pollock be intentionally walked, loading the bases in hopes of forcing an inning-ending double play.
And it worked. Spectacularly.
The double play the Padres made was one of the most beautiful you’ve ever seen.
Sheldon Neuse’s bat grounder was hit hard – so hard, in fact, that second baseman Jake Cronenworth couldn’t field it cleanly. He played the ball so smoothly that at the original transmission angle it seemed like a routine play, but in reality, he was forced to knock it down, pick it up off the ground and throw it at Tatis in one motion. The speed with which he recovered gave Tatis just enough time to launch an absolute laser beam from a pitch to first pitch, outpacing Neuse by the narrowest margin. And don’t discount Tatis’ ability to stretch Cronenworth’s shot like a first baseman and keep his toe in the bag. Everything had to go perfectly to prevent the tying race from scoring.
The ninth inning was much smoother for the Padres, as Mark Melancon struck out on the sideline to secure the 3-2 victory. However, the key was that double play.
“We’ve been part of big innings (and) big home runs,” Tingler told reporters. “That defensive play felt like a playoff home run at a critical time with your life at stake.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.