The rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres contains iconic moments in MLB History.
As the final outs were recorded in the most recent edition of the Dodgers vs the Padres it was apparent that the rivalry was alive and well. The Padres burst onto the scene in 2020 with Fernando Tatis Jr. becoming one of the best players in the game with an amazing 2020 campaign. Considering the pitching that the Padres have added in the 2020-2021 offseason, the rivalry between the Dodgers and the Padres is sure to entertain for the foreseeable future.
With both teams fielding impressive rosters that will be contending in a high-octane competition for the NL West in 2021, let’s take a step back and highlight some of the most memorable moments between these two franchises over the past 10 years. Here are my top 5:
MLB History: Dodgers vs Padres – April 8-9, 2011
Southern California is always sunny, right? Most of the time, but the rain that paused the Dodgers meeting with Padres on April 8, 2011, made for a memorable meeting of rivals. The game had four rain delays total, resulting in 3 hours and 36 minutes of delayed play. The game was finally suspended at 1:40 am local time and the decision was made to resume the next day, with the teams locked in a 2-2 tie in the 9th.
The Dodgers would end up winning the game 4-2 on April 9, 2011, in the 11th inning. Blake Hawksworth came in to pitch the 10th and 11th inning for the Dodgers to seal the win. The batter who drove in the winning run? None other than former Padre, Tony Gwynn Jr.
MLB History: Dodgers vs Padres – April 12, 2013
The Dodgers defeated the Padres 3-2 on April 12, 2013. While it was an important win against a rival, the events of the 6th inning and the events in the tunnel following the game are what will be remembered in MLB history. With the Dodgers up 2-1, Zack Greinke was facing Carols Quentin with a 3-2 count. The 3-2 pitch came up and inside and plunked Quentin on the left arm. Quentin paused, looked at Greinke, and charged straight for him.
Greinke, Quentin, and AJ Ellis were the three main contenders in the brawl, but Matt Kemp was also heated during the exchange. Kemp had a pitch sail over his head earlier in the game and took exception to Quentin going after his pitcher. Once the game had concluded, Kemp and Quentin were seen and heard exchanging words in the tunnel on the way to the parking lot. Greinke suffered a broken collarbone in the brawl.
MLB History: Dodgers vs Padres – July 5, 2019
The Dodgers and Padres faced off on July 5, 2019, with Clayton Kershaw taking the mound against Eric Lauer. The Padres carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 4th, with Enrique Hernandez batting for the Dodgers. Hernandez had 1-2 count with two outs when a 6.9 magnitude earthquake began to shake Dodger stadium. What made this most memorable is that the players hardly noticed the earthquake. The crowd began to stir and even fans in the upper deck started to head for the hallways in concern.
MLB history will remember the game as a Padres 3-2 win. Lauer had an impressive night throwing six innings and only giving up one earned run. For those in attendance, myself included, the game will be remembered by the initial shaking of Dodger stadium and the long minutes ahead of swaying that followed.
MLB History: Dodgers vs Padres – August 5, 2020
This game had it all. The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead that was answered in the bottom of the 5th inning by a ball that was crushed by Fernando Tatis Jr. for a home run. Joc Pederson then responded with a home run in the top of the 6th, putting the Dodgers back up 7-2. Wil Myers answered with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the 8th. In the bottom of the 9th, the Padres came within one run of the Dodgers and made the game 7-6.
Manny Machado came to the plate and hit a fly ball to left field to try and score Trent Grisham tagging from third base. Chris Taylor caught the ball and perfectly threw it to catcher Will Smith for the out. It was an exclamation point on what was an incredibly entertaining baseball game.
MLB History: Dodgers vs Padres 2020 NLDS
While the 2020 NLDS is still fresh in the minds of both Dodgers and Padres fans, there is no doubt that the series had massive implications not only in MLB history but for the future of the rivalry. After many failed attempts at capturing baseball’s ultimate prize, the stars seemed as though they would align for the Dodgers to finally claim the World Series title in 2020. They did, but not before a hard-fought series against a team that will undoubtedly determine how successful the Dodgers can be in 2021 and beyond – the Padres.
One of the most iconic moments in the series happened in Game 2. Tatis Jr. hit a towering fly ball into deep center field that Cody Bellinger was able to catch and rob him of a home run at the wall. The play was followed by Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol tossing his hat in the air in celebration. Manny Machado took exception to Graterol’s actions, and words were exchanged from both benches as the players went their separate ways.
MLB History: Dodgers vs Padres – The Future
The rivalry between the Dodgers and the Padres is here to stay. Both teams have two of the best clubs in baseball and should provide entertaining battles in the NL West for years to come. Both feature deep and talented pitching staffs, and two of the most exciting players in the game in Fernando Tatis Jr. and Mookie Betts. Buckle up, the next decade will be even better.
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