The Padres evened up their series with the Dodgers at a game apiece Wednesday night thanks in part to them being able to keep both Mookie Betts and Trayce Thompson in check through the first two games.
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What we thought could be a pitching duel in Game 2 of the N.L.C.S. turned into a slug fest with each team combining for six runs in the first three innings. The teams traded runs back-and-forth until the sixth inning when San Diego broke the tie and had their bullpen put the rest of the game on lock. After going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Game 1, Betts reached base for the first time this series by way of a fifth inning walk.
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He then attempted to steal second base, but his try was thwarted due to a perfect throw from the Padres catcher. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to challenge the play, which on replay looked extremely close, but ultimately there was not enough evidence to overturn the call.
With one out in the seventh inning, Betts got his first hit of the series, a double to center field that got past a diving Trent Grisham.
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That put runners on second and third with just one out with Los Angeles trailing 4-3, however they would not be able to drive the run in.
The third “Splash Brother” Trayce Thompson who went 0-3 with a walk in Tuesday’s Game 1 also did so again in Game 2, this time striking out twice, one time with two runners on base. With the series shifting to San Diego for two games this weekend, it is important for both to start making an impact if the Dodgers want to make good of Dave Roberts guaranteeing a World Series, especially with all the star power there is in this matchup.