Major League Baseball

Dodgers at edge after 2-1 loss

LOS ANGELES Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman celebrates his solo home run against the San Diego Padres at home plate during the first inning in Game 2 of a baseball NL Division Series, Wednesday in Los Angeles. But he’s only batting .200 overall in the series (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By David Arthur/Orange County Tribune

The Los Angeles Dodgers, considered a “super team” that might stroll to another World Series title, now find themselves on the edge of elimination after a 2-1 loss to the Padres in San Diego.

As unlikely as it may seem, the Padres can knock the Blue Crew into a winter of regrets if they can triumph in Game Four on Saturday.

The Padres scored in the first when Jake Cronenworth singled home Juan Soto. They added another run in the fourth on Trent Grisham’s home run.

That was all they needed. The Dodgers scored their sole run in the top of the fifth when Mookie Betts hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Trayce Thompson from third.

The usually robust Dodger lineup garnered just six hits and the Padres seven, but defense and pitching were the name of the game.

Blake Snell (1-0) worked 5.1 innings for SD, yielding five hits and one earned run. He struck out six and walked two.

Tony Gonsolin, 16-1 in the regular season, lasted just 1.1 innings. He gave up four hits and one run. He walked one  batter and struck one out.

Tyler Anderson (15-5) is expected to make the start for the Dodgers on Saturday, while the Padres counter with Joe Musgrove (10-7).

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