LOS ANGELES ― A night that began with a moving tribute to Vin Scully felt certain to end with a hotly contested duel between the two best teams in the National League West.
Instead, the San Diego Padres pulled up a chair and watched the Dodgers cruise to an 8-1 victory before an announced crowd of 52,714 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers’ final inning at the plate ended with a position player (Matthew Batten) pitching to a pitcher (Tyler Anderson).
The Dodgers scored four runs in the first inning and four in the third, leaving the most dramatic moments Friday for the on-field celebration of Scully, who died Tuesday at age 94. The game was delayed eight minutes by the ceremony.