In Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium, J.D. Martinez capitalised on two bloop singles by hitting a three-run homer off Joe Musgrove in the first inning. The Dodgers went on to secure a 4-2 win over the Padres, with Luis Urias demonstrating his continued dominance over the opposing team.
Regarding proficiency, the Los Angeles Dodgers have achieved a record of 4-1 against the San Diego Padres in the current season and a remarkable 27-6 over the previous 33 regular-season games against their counterparts from Southern California.
In general, the Dodgers have been successful, winning four games in a row and 12 of their previous 14. With their victory on Saturday, they extended their home winning streak to eight games in a row and sealed their fifth consecutive series victory.
The left-handed Urias gave up two runs – on solo homers by Juan Soto and Ha-Seong Kim – on three hits and no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings Saturday to earn the win and improve to 5-3 on the season. Caleb Ferguson got his first save, striking out Jake Cronenworth to end the game with the tying runs on.
Urias, a left-handed pitcher, has a lifetime record of 7-1 versus the Padres and a record of 4-0 against San Diego. Since the beginning of the 2022 season, Urias has made six starts and has a 1.96 earned run average. In those contests, the Dodgers have a perfect 6-0 record.
Saturday, with two outs in the first inning, Soto hit his seventh home run of the season, a 410-foot drive into the right field pavilion, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead. It was Soto’s second hit against Urias in 24 career at-bats.
But, The Dodgers took the lead right away. Freddy Freeman hit a short fly ball to left with one out that landed in front of Soto for a single. Max Muncy hit a high fly to short centre when there were two outs. But Adam Engel, who was starting in centre for Trent Grisham, a two-time Gold Glove winner, to get an extra right-handed bat in the mix against Urias, turned his back on the ball and couldn’t get back in time, so the ball fell for a single.
Martinez then drove an 0-and-2 slider from Musgrove 407 feet to left center for his fifth homer of the season and a 3-1 Dodgers lead.
After Kim’s home run in the top of the second inning, the Dodgers’ lead was cut down to 3-2. The drive to left field that he hit for his fourth home run of the season was 423 feet long.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored the game-winning run. Will Smith’s single allowed Freeman to come home after he started the game with a double.
Musgrove (1-0) was charged with the defeat as he allowed four runs, eight hits, and four walks while striking out five batters over the course of five and two-thirds innings.