The NHL three-team race continued in earnest after the all-star break as the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants all came out victorious on the road .
As the Dodgers and Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively, the Padres scored a franchise record of 24 points against the Washington Nationals. Their record-breaking performance, along with the Giants’ maintaining a two-game lead in the division, caught the attention of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts as his team faced the Rockies.
“Maybe I was a little guilty of that,” Roberts admitted when asked if he was looking at the out-of-town scoreboard at Coors Field.
“It was old school that the Chargers got a big win – what do they call them now? Washington football team. I was looking. It’s right in my face, but still focused on our guys.
What Roberts saw of the Dodgers was a team effort in a 10-4 win, led by Will Smith contributing four RBIs, a team-high, and Mookie Betts making a third consecutive multi-shot.
“On a mission. Focused, it was good to come out with energy,” Roberts said of the Dodgers. “Mookie got us started and the guys behind him followed suit. Julio set the tone early, attacking these guys.
“Throughout the lineup I thought we had good hitters, the guys from the pen came in and did a good job. Julio, to go over five years, I thought it was great.
Smith: Dodgers focused on NL West
Smith agreed with Roberts’ assessment that the team had a clear goal coming out of the all-star break and said their goal was to win the NL West.
“It will be a close, close race for the rest of the year,” added Smith. “There are a few other good teams in our division that we have to compete with. It’s just going to take every game to show up, do what we’re doing and win a bunch of baseball games. “
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