The Padres and their fans celebrate defeating the Dodgers in the NLDS. Oct 15, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres fans celebrate defeating Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the NLDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers were 22 games better than the San Diego Padres during the regular season and handily won the regular season series against their National League West rivals to the south, taking 14 of 19 games. But that success did not translate over into the National League Division Series.

After losing Game 1, the Padres overcame some questionable umpiring and an odd delay to win Game 2 to salvage a split in Los Angeles. San Diego then survived a tense Game 3 battle against the Dodgers to go up 2-1.

It seemed like Los Angeles prevail in Game 5 to get the series back to Dodger Stadium for a winner-take-all Game 5. After another unusual delay, the Dodgers — who already led 2-0 — scored a run in the seventh inning to go up 3-0. In the bottom of the inning, the Padres roared back.

Austin Nola and Ha-seong Kim delivered RBI singles to close the gap to 3-2. Then, Juan Soto tied the game with an RBI single. Jake Cronenworth followed with a two-run single, giving San Diego a 5-3 lead.

Los Angeles went down in order in the eighth inning. Then, Josh Hader came on for the ninth. He struck out the side in order, retiring Freddie Freeman for the final out.

To call this an upset would be an understatement. This is one of the biggest upsets in MLB postseason history.

Not only did the Dodgers easily win the season series against the Padres but for the most part, the games were not close. Los Angeles outscored San Diego by an average of three runs per game during their regular season head-to-head matchups.

The Dodgers also enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in baseball history, winning 111 games. While winning that many games hasn’t guaranteed teams championships in the past, every other team to win 110 games or more has at least qualified for the League Championship Series.

As is typically the case when heavy favorites are defeated, the Dodgers were the targets of a lot of criticism in the aftermath of the game.

Of course, there are two sides to every upset. While the Dodgers are catching plenty of criticism for their performance in the NLDS, the Padres are earning a lot of well-deserved praise.

The Padres will take on the Philadelphia Phillies — who completed a stunning upset of their own on Saturday — in the National League Championship Series. That will begin on Tuesday, October 18 in San Diego.

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