Los Angeles posted its biggest comeback in more than five years with an 8-6 victory in 10 innings at Milwaukee on Tuesday. Bradley hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning as the Dodgers rallied from a 6-0 deficit.
Bradley, who has hit safely in all 12 games he has started, has been a major contributor to the impressive start for Los Angeles. He is 10-for-19 with five homers in the last five games.
“That’s just how it is right now,” Bradley said. “We’re never going to be really out of a game. We’re just taking it inning by inning and go from there.”
It marked the largest deficit overcome by Los Angeles since rallying from a six runs down in a 9-7 victory over Montreal on August 11, 1999.
“It’s not only a great win, but it’s a tremendous team win,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “When you look at my lineup card and see the number of players involved, I think that would constitute a total team effort.”
San Diego can attest to how well Los Angeles is playing. The Padres were swept last weekend in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium, getting shut out twice and outscored 18-3.
The decisive nature of the series stunned the Padres, who expect to contend with the defending NL West champions.
“That was as rough a series as we’ve had in a long time,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “You’ve got to come back and strap it on. You’ve got to do something about it.”
The Padres recovered to sweep a two-game series from San Francisco, including a 5-2 victory on Tuesday. Brian Lawrence earned his first win with eight strong innings, allowing a pair of runs and six hits.
“He’ll get probably the bulk of playing time there,” Bochy said.
The Padres have surrendered only 16 runs in their first six home games.