Padres vs. Dodgers – Game Recap – August 7, 2022

LOS ANGELES — — Cody Bellinger hit two homers, Tyler Anderson allowed two hits in seven sparkling innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a statement sweep of the resurgent San Diego Padres with a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

Freddie Freeman had two RBI singles in the Dodgers’ league-leading eighth straight win and 30th in 35 games.

The sweep of the Dodgers was also a strong response to San Diego’s bold moves at the trade deadline to acquire Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury. After largely hanging on at the deadline, Los Angeles coolly opened up a 15 1/2-game lead in the NL West while outscoring the second-place Padres by a combined 20-4 in three wins at Chavez Ravine.

Los Angeles has won 17 of its last 19 meetings with the Padres, who have fallen to 1-4 with four straight losses since their new sluggers arrived Wednesday, capped by just their second loss since May 18. The team sometimes known as Slam Diego has not homered during his four-game hitting streak, and managed just two hits in the series finale.

Soto went 0 for 2 with two walks, no hits for the first time since joining San Diego in one of the biggest games in baseball history. Soto was having fun while wearing a microphone for the ESPN broadcast early in the game, but his frustration was evident when he grounded into a double play to end the sixth.

Anderson (13-1) added to his first All-Star season by making at least seven innings for the sixth time. He struck out three while mostly confusing the Padres with his off-speed pitches and control of his 92 mph fastball.

Yu Darvish (10-5) struck out seven in six solid innings, striking out five and shutting out the Dodgers except for their third two-run game highlighted by Bellinger’s first homer.

Bellinger added a solo shot in the seventh and went 3 for 3 in his 15th career multi-hit game — his second against the Padres this season. Max Muncy and Mookie Betts each had two hits for the Dodgers, who hit 33 in the series.

Anderson outscored the Padres’ revamped lineup even more effectively than the Dodgers did in the previous two games of the series, allowing just one single and one walk through the first five innings.

Darvish had retired seven straight batters before Bellinger’s shot to left center in the third. The 2019 NL MVP became the second struggling Dodgers in two days to snap out of a slump with a homer after Muncy’s three-run shot on Saturday night.

Freeman drove in Betts in the third and struck out Trea Turner in the seventh after Bellinger’s 15th homer of the season.

I HAVE TO EARN IT

The Dodgers’ pitching staff has allowed just one earned run in the three-game series. Los Angeles has allowed 345 runs in the big league this season.

COACH ROOM

Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. got the first game of his lengthy injury rehab this weekend with Double-A San Antonio. There is no official timetable yet for his return from wrist surgery in March.

Dodgers: RHP Yency Almonte went on the injured list with right elbow tightness after reporting soreness while playing catch. He will have an MRI on Monday, but he doesn’t think it’s a serious injury. LA recalled RHP Andre Jackson. … 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) is on schedule to return Tuesday, manager Dave Roberts said. … Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol will play in another simulated game Tuesday. If all goes well, they will then go on minor class rehab missions.

NEXT

Padres: Open a four-game home series against NL West rival San Francisco on Monday. Blake Snell (4-5, 4.16 ERA) goes to the mound.

Dodgers: After a day off with the return of Clayton Kershaw’s charity ping pong event, Julio Urías (11-6, 2.57 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday to open a two-game interleague series against Minnesota.

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