4/25/21 LOS ANGELES -- This season's Dodgers versus Padre's matchups have been nothing short of epic between the teams and their fans. This was great scheduling by Major League Baseball and the shot in the arm the league needed between arguably the two most competitive clubs.
Saturday night saw a rematch of a pitcher's duel on the mound between Trevor Bauer and Blake Snell. The two pitchers faced off against each other last season with the result going in the Padres' favor. The Dodgers won the series, however this week the Dodgers avoided a series sweep at Dodger Stadium with a 5-4 win.
Trevor Bauer pitched well overall on the mound except when he faced the machine known as Fernando Tatis Jr, who took Bauer's yard twice in the game and celebrated each time as fans booed him running the bases.
It was Tatis' fifth career multi-home run game.
"He got me at home, so probably payback time. It's just fun. When you know you're facing a guy like that, he's having fun on the mound and when you get him, you get him and you celebrate too," Tatis said.
Unlike last Sunday's outing, Bauer was rather pleased with his performance as he finished with nine strikeouts, two earned runs, on 103 pitches in six innings of work.
"I thought I was really good, probably had the best command of my slider that I've had all year. Fastball command was good. Overall I thought I was really good," Bauer said.
Snell kept the Dodgers in check offensively for the first five innings where he only allowed two runs, yet in the sixth inning with one out he was pulled from the game.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said they removed Sneel from the game due to having him at 90 pitches for the start. Ironically Snell finished with 87 pitches, seven strikeouts, two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Corey Seager's two-run single in the sixth inning ignited a three-run inning that included a Mookie Betts walk that initially tied the game 3-3.
After Jake Cronenworth scored off of a Blake Treinen wild pitch, the Dodgers held the lead thanks to timely and consistent pitching by Kenley Jansen who picked up his fifth save of the season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was pleased with his team's effort in all phases of the win.
It was a fun baseball game to be a part of," Roberts said. "We threw the ball well, took good at-bats, created stress, and got a couple of big hits."
Roberts was also asked regarding the excessive celebration by Tatis in the game after the two home runs.
"Let the kids be kids, the emotion, the passion, the excitement. If he [Bauer] is okay with doing that, then he has to be okay with others doing that too."
The Dodgers look to split the series with the Padres on Sunday evening as Dustin May takes the mound against Joe Musgrove at 4:08 PM PT on ESPN. #mlb #ladodgers #padres #losangelesdodgers #sandiegopadres #trevorbauer #coreyseager #tgsportstv1