Several Dodgers rocked old-timey, striped, high socks for today’s early game. Would the throwback-inspired socks work some Dodger blue magic?
Spoiler Alert: You bet they did!
(The following video shows all three of Gonz’s homers for the day)
Andrew Toles sac flied for an RBI – on a 12 pitch at bat. 4-0
Scott Kazmir walked one, who was then knocked in on a triple. 4-1
3rd inning 4-1
Joc Pederson bounced a rocket shot off the right field wall for a long single. He advanced to second on a perfect hit and run play behind Howie Kendrick.
Andrew Toles brought Pederson in with a single to center field. 5-1
Rob Segedin brought in Kendrick with a deep sac fly. 6-1
That chased Reds pitcher Homer Bailey.
3rd inning 6-1
Kazmir gave up a rally and another run. 6-2
After what seemed like an hour, he gave up another run to cut the Dodgers’ lead in half. 6-3
It was two on and only one out. Pitch count: 71
Another bloop single made it 6-4. Kazmir kaput after 3 2/3 innings. Jesse Chavez in. Job done, finally.
4th inning 6-4
Another rally, another RBI by current Dodgers killer, Joey Votto. 6-5
5th inning 6-5
With Howie Kendick on, Andrew Toles blasted his first MLB homer to right field. 8-5
Rob Segedin followed for his first MLB home run! 9-5
Later, Corey Seager absolutely unloaded for the third Dodgers homer of the inning – a 2-run shot! 11-5
Then came the fourth home run of the inning (Gonzo’s second of the game) 12-5
Here’s that three home run video again, just cuz it’s so fun to see all four homers from this inning together…
That was two sets of back to back HRs!
6th inning 12-5
Home run Baez in. He didn’t surrender a homer this time, but he was just as lousy. 2/3 of an inning with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks.
7th inning 12-7
Adrian Gonzalez then hit his third home run of the day! 15 – 7
Then Yasmani Grandal went deep. 16-7 Back to back home runs again!
8th inning 16-7
Another Dodgers rally! Corey Seager knocked in Kiké Enrique Hernandez with his fourth hit of the day. 17-7
Adrian Gonzalez picked up another RBI with a dribbler. 18-7
Bud Norris in. He gave up a run. 18-8
9th inning 18-7
Josh Fields in.
Gave up a rally and another run. 18-9
After more than 4 hours, the marathon was finally over!
Dodger win! 18-9
Once again, their starting pitching betrayed the Dodgers. Scott Kazmir could not even close out the third inning. This is a troubling trend, as Dodgers pitchers, who used to only pitch into the fifth inning, are now having trouble making it to the fourth. I’m not even going to refer to them as “starting” pitchers anymore. They will now be known as “Pre-bullpen” pitchers.
Sure, the Dodgers clobbered the Reds, but the cold splash of water moment comes when you realize Dodgers pitching gave up 9 runs today.
How about Gonzo: with a 15 game hitting streak. He had three home runs and 8 RBIs on the day.
ROY Watch: Corey Seager with a 13 game hitting streak (10 are multi-hit games).
Today he tied the Dodger’s single-season record for home runs by a shortstop with 22 – with a long way to go.
Launching Pad: How about that 5th inning? The Dodgers launched two sets of back to back home runs. They hit four HRs and scored six runs total. It was the first four home run inning since the famous 4+1 Game vs Padres in 2006. Overall, 5 Dodgers hit 7 HRs today, with three back to back sets.
Do you remember your trusty writer pushing for Andrew Toles to replace Yasiel Puig in RF? After experimenting with The Traded Flop, Toles was brought back. He only had a home run and 4 RBIs today. He’s now hitting a solid .400
The Dodgers head into tomorrow’s series with the second place Giants up by a full game.
Hold onto your Dodger Blue hats!
Home runs: Gonzalez (3), Seager, Grandal, Toles, Segedin.
Team with RISP: 4 for 9 And that’s how you win ball games.