I’m actually running out of ways to write how good the Dodgers are right now. The crappy April start is nothing but a distant foggy memory. Cody Bellinger good. Chris Taylor good. Yasiel Puig good. Hyun-jin Ryu not so good….but…but….the Dodger offense……really good.
The Dodgers plated ten runs on 12 hits and slugged four home runs on Saturday afternoon to pummel the Reds 10-2. Puig hit two of the four home runs and Cody Bellinger hit his nineteenth home run as the Dodgers improve to 5-0 against the Reds. They’ve won 8 of their last 10 games and are now 43-26 through their first 69 games. Bellinger is now tied for second in the NL in long balls.
Hyun-jin Ryu struggled at first but was able to get through five innings without giving up the world. Somehow he wiggled out of jams. For instance in the second inning he stranded two runners after Scott Schebler singled and Devin Mesoraco walked. After allowing three consecutive singles and walking in a run in the bottom of the third inning he got Schebler to line out and Jose Peraza to ground into a double play.
In the bottom of the fourth inning he stranded Billy Hamilton at third base after he tripled by striking out Zack Cozart. In the fifth inning he stranded Joey Votto at second base after he doubled by retiring three consecutive Cincinnati batters . Overall Ryu tossed five frames allowing two earned runs on eight hits, striking out seven. He walked two and made 105 pitches. He earned his third win of the season. The Reds were 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.
The Dodgers on the other hand were 5 for 17 and hit four home runs. Two of them were by Puig. They scored one run in the first and five runs in the top of the third inning. Puig hit two solo home runs, one in the sixth and another in the eighth inning. Opposing starter Asher Wojciechowski lasted just 2.1 innings and allowed five earned runs on five hits. The Dodgers hit two home runs in the third inning. Joc Pederson hit his fourth of the season, and Cody Bellinger followed with a solo shot of his own.
Bellinger went 3 for 5 with 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. Corey Seager went 2 for 2 with 3 walks and Yasiel Puig drove in three runs. Seven of the Dodger’s 12 hits were for extra-bases. The Dodger bullpen pitched four scoreless innings. Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez, and Josh Ravin finished the game for the boys in blue.
The Dodgers are still one game behind Colorado in the National League West. However they now have the second best record in the National League, behind only Colorado. The Snakes are also tied with the Dodgers and remain one game behind. One thing to consider is that the Dodgers, Rockies, and Snakes are all tied in the loss column.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Sunday morning as Kenta Maeda is scheduled to return to the rotation. The Reds will counter with the reanimated corpse of Bronson Arroyo. First pitch is set for 10:10 AM PST.