Expect an electric atmosphere when the Padres host the Dodgers

before the earlier opener on Friday dodgers,padres Ahead of the season, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts noted the atmosphere at San Diego’s Petco Park.

“While we are here, his fans are involved,” he added.

And padres Manager Bob Melvin agreed

“Everyone in our clubhouse knows what the crowd is going to be like,” Melvin said in his pre-game media session. “We absolutely love the atmosphere. It’s going to be loud.”

The same is expected to happen on Saturday night when the two National League West rivals meet again.

“These games are fun,” San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. said Friday night after hitting two home runs off Clayton Kershaw for the second time around. padres‘ 5-2 victory in the first match of the series. “These are padres against dodgers, And padres The fans love it.

dodgers may still see the San Francisco Giants as their biggest rival. Clearly, San Diego residents see it dodgers as public enemy number 1 dodgers learn it almost pitch-by-pitch

“That’s the way it should be,” Roberts said of the atmosphere at Petco Park.

padres — and San Diego’s — dislike of all things dodgers started long before padres defeated Los Angeles in the previous year’s National League Division Series. This has been in the making for years. “Beat LA” has become a mantra. padres fan

However, it has been difficult for padres to make their “rivalry” case while dodgers 2022 season series won 14-5

“We won tonight,” Tatis said. “Time to keep it going.”

Pitching for Saturday’s middle game of the series will be right-hander Dustin May (3-1, 3.15 ERA). dodgers against padres left-hander Blake Snell (1-4, 5.28)

After drawing a Friday night crowd of 45,116 — their 11th sellout of the season — the padres Petco is looking at two more sellouts and possibly the biggest three-game series in the park’s history. The current mark is against the 133,856 set dodgers more than April 22-24, 2022

May would make his seventh start of the season on Saturday night. He allowed 12 runs on 20 hits and 14 walks with 23 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. dodgers There are 3-3 in early May

May has a 1-4 career record against padres, with a 3.88 ERA over 10 appearances (seven starts). He has 43 strikeouts against 14 walks in 46 1/3 innings.

Snell has a post-season history dodgers, Last October, he claimed padres‘ Final win in the NLDS, hold dodgers One run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. and for the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 World Series dodgers 2.70 ERA, three runs on four hits with 18 strikeouts in 10 innings and four walks with 18 strikeouts

Snell earned his first win of the season in his most recent start, Monday versus the Cincinnati Reds. But over his last three innings, Snell gave up seven runs on 15 hits and eight walks with 17 strikeouts for a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings.

– Field Level Media