San Diego Padres Bob Melvin (61) is a veteran coaching career of 20 years.

He knows his timing in the pennant race, running the bullpen, controlling the squad and meeting the team. Manager Melvin held a team meeting after a 3-5 come-from-behind loss against the Minnesota Twins on the 12th. He shouted harshly at the players and disciplined them. It was a meeting aimed at the rival LA Dodgers’ three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

However, manager Melvin’s team meeting did not work. Losing two days in a row is already a losing series. In last week’s home Petco Park 3-game series, after 1 win and 1 loss, the rubber match was lost in overtime, but this time it was lost in a row. Coincidentally, the score was the same 2-4. With 4 consecutive losses, the season was 19 wins and 21 losses.

“The Dodgers are a better team than us right now,” admitted Melvin. Starting pitcher Joe Musgrove, who became a losing pitcher, also admitted that “the Dodgers are playing a better game than we are now,” and reminded him of defeating the Dodgers with 3 wins and 1 loss in the Division Series last year, saying, “We need a win when it matters.” .

Ha-seong Kim, who hit a home run that day, also said, “The Dodgers are doing well. Admit it. However, since we can meet in the postseason, it may be different at that time,” he predicted a long season. This year, the number of games between districts has been reduced from 19 to 12 due to the balanced schedule of the MLB season. It is an advantageous schedule for the Padres, who are weak in the regular season for the Dodgers.

As for the power reinforcement in the offseason, SD stood out. Super shortstop Xander Bogarts was acquired. Recently, Fernando Tatis Jr., who served an 80-game suspension for a banned substance, joined the team. Tatis Jr. hit a multi-homer against Clayton Kershaw at home, but failed to prevent the team from collapsing with 1 win and 4 losses in 5 games this year. In this series, Manny Machado’s sluggish batting is also intertwined, and the attack is not being carried out normally.

Compared to SD, the Dodgers’ offseason reinforcement is not very noticeable. It is about a one-year contract with designated hitter JD Martinez and left-handed hitter David Peralta. Coming back from a back injury, Martinez led the team to victory with a come-from-behind 3-run home run (No. 5) at the end of the first inning on the 14th.

The strength of the Dodgers is the players who were nurtured on the farm team. Julio Urias, who will become a free agent after this season, has grown up at the farm. He earned his fifth win of the season, allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings despite allowing two home runs. Dustin May, who became the winning pitcher in two consecutive SD games the day before, outfielder James Outman, Michael Bush, who hit the final on the 8th, second baseman Miguel Vargas, catcher Will Smith, starter Tony Gonsolin, etc. are either international free agents nominated by the Dodgers.

Ha-seong Kim of San Diego, who hit his fourth home run of the season off Julio Urias of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 14th, celebrates with his teammate Manny Machado in front of the dugout. LA|AFP Yonhap News먹튀검증

There are no players in the SD lineup that were developed by farm teams. They are trade and free agent contracts. Limitations are revealed here. Also on this day, Martinez’s 3-point run in the first inning came from an unrecorded mistake by center fielder Adam Ingle. 2nd out, 1st baseman, center fielder Max Muncy’s missed ball hit back, then jumped in and it became a heavy hit, followed immediately by Martinez’s home run.

Ha-seong Kim’s mistake the day before was also due to first baseman Matt Carpenter’s ambiguous defense. Carpenter, who mainly worked as a designated hitter, apologized to Ha-seong Kim after the game. I can’t even say that teamwork is good. This is Ha-sung Kim’s second mistake of the season. He complained that the scorer gave him an error.

It will be interesting to see whether they will give up the entire series by sweeping the game on the 15th, or whether they will recover their mood after winning one game and head to San Diego.

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