In the 7th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series, the Padres trailed the Dodgers 3-0 and couldn’t find any way to get their offense going. Then a clip of Rally Goose appeared on the big board in left field. You know, the goose that appeared on the field during San Diego’s Game 2 win at Dodger Stadium and became a rallying cry for Friar Faithful.
That goose is golden.
The Padres scored five innings, igniting Petco Park in a way Downtown SD had never seen before and leading to a 5-3 series victory over the Dodgers, sending the Padres to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 1998.
Oh, and by the way… San Diego will be hosting. The Phillies knocked off the Braves so the Friars are the top seed remaining, meaning Games 1 and 2 will be Tuesday and Wednesday at Petco Park.
Joe Musgrove has done his hometown proud once again. He pitched through 6.0 innings, giving up just two runs and striking out eight Dodgers. But it looked like that wouldn’t be enough for the win as the Padres offense couldn’t find Tyler Anderson.
The lefty gave up just two hits and no runs in 5.0 innings before making way to the bench. The relief corps lasted one change. The goose gathered everyone in a flock at 7.
Austin Nola had an infield single to bring in Jurickson Profara for the Padres’ first run. Ha-Seong Kim doubled down the left field line to score Trent Grisham with his second. Juan Soto laced a single to right to score Nola and tie the game. After a strikeout and a pop, it was up to Jake Cronenworth to get the one big hit that had eluded the Padres so many times against the Dodgers.
He came HUGE.
Jake ripped a line drive single to center field to score Kim and Soto, putting the Padres on top 5-3 and causing a lot of eardrums in the East Village. Robert Suarez and Josh Hader homered, exorcising their Dodger demons and moving the Padres one series win away from playing for the World Series.
That would be an awfully big feather in San Diego’s cap.
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