For the San Diego Padres, a long drought has finally reached its end.
Last night, backed by strong offensive performances from Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth, the Padres took Game 2 of the NLDS to draw even with the Los Angeles Dodgers as they head back home for Game 3.
It was their first win in the NLDS since they took Game 3 in 2006 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
They’ll send Blake Snell to the mound for Game 3, who will be opposed by the recently activated Tony Gonsolin, with a chance to take a 2-1 series lead and come to within one win of advancing to the NLCS for the first time since 1998.
SERIES. TIED. 🔥
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Padres Win First NLDS Game Since 2006
It’s been a long time coming for the Padres.
It had been 16 years since they had won a Division Series game, and even that wasn’t enough for them to get past the Cardinals that year.
This time, they’ll return home with the series evened up.
The Padres met the Dodgers in the NLDS back in 2020 during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
The Dodgers swept San Diego in that series on their way to winning their first World Series title since 1988.
However, the Padres may have potentially stolen a little momentum away from the Dodgers as they look to overcome their hated NL West rivals, who they went 5-14 against during the regular season.
Now, the Padres have a chance to get a leg up on the Dodgers on Friday.
The game will get underway at 8:37 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
Can the Padres keep their momentum alive, or will the Dodgers continue their success over their division rivals with a win in Game 3?