AGon taunts his former team with his newly-won prize.
Dodgers 11, Padres 8
This one was, as good ol' J.R. would say, a "slobberknocker." Petco Park became Coors Field for the evening, as the Dodgers smashed four home runs, en route to beating the Padres, 11-8. Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, and yes, even Juan Uribe(!!!) hit one out of pitcher-friendly Petco. (I wish I could have seen this offensive outburst, but my MLB.tv was hot garbage tonight.)
Brandon McCarthy's night was, to use another J.R.-ism, "bowling shoe ugly." McCarthy coughed up 3 home runs to Padres hitters (one to Wil Myers and two to Justin Upton) before exiting in the 6th with the frightening-sounding "forearm tightness." We hope the injury isn't serious, because McCarthy's a genuinely cool guy who just can't seem to catch a break health-wise. (Plus, Puig's hammy is still questionable, and he may be headed for the DL.)
That left the bullpen to defend a suddenly vulnerable 10-6 lead for four innings. Brand new Dodger reliever Sergio Santos was shaky, surrendering a run. Juan Nicasio pitched two scoreless. Chris Hatcher continued his up and down year by surrendering another run, but finally shutting the door in the ninth.
And of course, as you can see from the image above, the Dodgers have won the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship by taking two straight falls from the Padres. (The new side plates for the belt are at the engravers, and will be here Monday.) This is the Dodgers' first title reign, and the fact that their victory comes just after a Dodgers blog took charge of tracking the championship is strictly coincidence.