Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Okay, Max Scherzer did not have it, nor did Brusdar Graterol. This did not stop the Dodgers from winning their 102nd game of the 2021 season since they hit four home runs during the eighth inning to defeat San Diego Padres 11-to-9. The Dodgers, despite having the best record by a defending world champion team, remain
two games behind the San Francisco Giants with four games remaining.
When the Dodgers scored five runs in the first two innings, they should win easily, but their pitching struggled. Their defense committed costly errors. When the Dodgers trailed the Padres 9-to-5, many Dodger fans thought their favorite team would lose the game. However, the Dodgers had other ideas.
In the seventh inning, Mookie Betts blasted a solo home run. To lead the eighth, Max Muncy hit his thirty-sixth homer, a new career high. AJ Pollock followed to hit his second homer of the game. Coming off the bench to replace the injured Gavin Lux, Cody Bellinger blasted his tenth home run. After Justin Turner pinch-hit doubled, Corey Seager, who has been amazing since August, hit a two-run homer, the game-winner.
The likelihood of the Dodgers winning the National League Western Division for the ninth consecutive time is slim. However, the Dodgers have showed much spirit since August.