Mookie Betts diving saves the Dodgers from another strain the Padres have gained
The Dodgers-Padres rivalry went up another notch on Saturday night at the hands of Mookie Betts.
The Bets dived into the middle of the field for Padres ’Tommy Pham to clear the game at the bottom of the ninth inning and penalize a 2-0 victory for Los Angeles. Bett grabbed Pham’s line in the palm of his glove and then held the ball with both hands before it fell into his ear. The capture was subjected to video review.
Statistics related to the probability of capture at 10 percent.
“I’m blackened,” Betts said he told reporters, MLB.com reported. “When the ball went up in the air I knew I had to catch it.”
The play ended another tension between the two best teams in the National League West. Emotions were heated throughout Saturday after Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Padres utility man Jurickson Profar shouted jokes at each other in the fourth game. Kershaw was outraged when Profar spread the myth of catcher Austin Barnes late and drew a call for catcher interference.
The benches were emptied on Friday night’s series premiere when Dennis Santana, the Dodgers ’quarterback, pitched in the 10th shot on Padre’s Jorge Mateo field. LA won that game 11-6 on the 12th of the 12th.
Kershaw beat Padre’s Yu Darvish in six innings in Game 2, and he also drove in the Dodgers ’first race with a walk loaded with bases. Justin Turner added insurance for his ninth-inning solo homework.
These groups will meet Sunday at Petco Park. There’s another high-pitched pitching game: Trevor Bauer for the Dodgers and Blake Snell Padres.