While the American League took a day off after Game 1, the senior circuit went ahead with a pair of NLDS Game 2s on Wednesday.
The Atlanta Braves evened their series with the Philadelphia Phillies after a three-hour rain delay changed the start time. Out West, the San Diego Padres tied things up with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here are all the top plays from Wednesday’s Game 2.
San Diego Padres 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Starting with a BANG
Manny Machado took Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw deep into left field in the top of the first inning, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead. It was their first lead in the series.
He took it back
Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run off Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish in the bottom of the first, tying the score at one apiece.
Another solo shot
Max Muncy hit the Dodgers’ second home run of the game to right-center in the bottom of the second, giving them a 2-1 lead.
Another Machado RBI
The Padres led off the top of the third with a pair of singles. Machado then hit an RBI double down the left field line. San Diego tied it at two.
Jake Cronenworth grounded out to first, but scored Juan Soto from third. The Padres led 3-2.
Three routes in three houses
Trea Turner joined the home run party for the Dodgers, blasting a solo shot to left in the bottom of the third to once again tie the score.
The Padres capitalize on the mistake
Kershaw and Darvish both lasted five innings, surrendering three runs each.
In the top of the sixth, Turner botched a potential groundout double play, putting runners on first and second. Jurickson Profar then hit an RBI base hit to right, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead.
What a game
Trent Grisham dropped a bat, trying to squeeze in a run, and Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol made a great off-balance throw to get the ball out.
A two-run catch
Austin Nola sent a fly ball to deep center field, forcing Cody Bellinger to sprint and turn his body twice to score – which likely prevented two more runners from scoring.
Fathers stay out of trouble
San Diego got Robert Suarez off the board with runners on the corners and nobody out. The right-hander took a hit and then induced an inning-ending double play.
Jake Kronenworth hit a ball deep into the seats in right field off Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen to give the Padres a 5-3 lead in the eighth.
The goose is relaxed
As the Dodgers tried to spark a comeback in the eighth inning, a goose made its way onto the field. But as Padres reliever Josh Hader entered the game, the goose moved away and San Diego got out of the game unscathed.
The series is tied
Despite the drama that followed late, the Padres held on for the 5-3 victory. It was their first in the division round in 16 years.
Atlanta Braves 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0
1-2-3 1st period
Kyle Wright went down on the right foot for the Braves, leaving the Phillies down to open the first.
However, Zack Wheeler did the same for the Phillies.
Great capture… by the fan
A Braves fan made a nice block on a foul ball hit by Matt Olson down the left field line.
What a catch!
Dansby Swanson made one of his best catches of the season in the top of the sixth. The shortstop ran to left center and made a remarkable catch to get the Braves out of the inning. The game remained tied.
The brave break the ice
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Olson hit a ball under Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, scoring Ronald Acuna from second and giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Runs of two outs
An at-bat later, Austin Riley hit an infield hit, scoring Atlanta’s second run of the game. Then the next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, hit an RBI single to center field. Atlanta took a 3-0 lead.
Wright exited after throwing six scoreless innings, striking out six while allowing just two hits with one walk.
Another impressive catch
With a runner on in the top of the eighth for the Phillies, Riley made an unbelievable catch on foul ground near the tarp for the second out of the inning. The Phillies didn’t threaten in their final outs.
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