The Dodger’s talent shined bright as they defeated the Dbacks 6-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the four game series, Rookie Brock Stewart turned in an admirable effort tossing five innings and allowing just two earned runs on five hits and struck out 6 to earn the win. The Dodger offense did their part as they plated six runs on 11 hits.
They scored one run in the first and 3 runs in the fourth frame before adding another two runs late in the game. Corey Seager tripled in the first inning and scored on a Justin Turner Sacrifice fly. That hit gave him his 180 base knocks to give him the all time Dodger rookie record for hits in a season. Joc Pederson hit a monstrous 463 foot home run and Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth showing that his wrist is just fine. The Dodgers now improve to 20 games above .500 and the magic number is down to 11. Here’s how the game played out.
Dodgers 6 11 1
Dbacks 2 6 1
In the top of the first, Seager tripled down the right field line and then scores on a Justin Turner sacrifice fly and the Dodgers jump out in front early 1-0. The Dbacks would come right back to tie it in the bottom of the first. Jean Segura (whom the Dodgers can’t seem to get out) slugs a home run just over the wall in the left field corner for his seventeenth home run of the season. That ties the score at 1-1. The Dbacks almost scored another run, but the Dodgers had a call overturned via replay. Seager’s fielding error and subsequent throw on a Wellington Castillo was wide, but Utley kept his foot on the bag to record the out.
The Dodgers came close to scoring in the top half of the third when Chase Utley doubles and Seager walks. Unfortunately Turner’s force out ends the inning without scoring. Stewart sets down the Dbacks in order again in the bottom of the third.
The Dodgers score three runs in the fourth inning to break the game open. Gonzo walks to lead-off the frame and Reddick follows him with a single to move him to second. Another passed ball from Castillo who has been lackluster in the series allows Gonzo to move to third and then score when Castillo throws the ball away. Once again Arizona’s dreadful team defense helps the Dodgers lengthen their lead. Joc Pederson immediately crushes a monster 463 foot home run to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Seriously guys that ball was smoked.
In the following frame Castillo atones for his poor defense by hitting a solo home run to pull the Dbacks closer. The score is now 4-2 Dodgers after 4 innings. The Dbacks strung together some more hits but they have a runner thrown out at the plate on a great throw from Andrew Toles. Yasmany Tomas singled, and Drury walked. Mitch Haniger’s singles to left and Toles fires to the plate to nail Tomas. Credit Carlos Ruiz with a terrific tag as well.
Move to the sixth inning and Adam Liberatore is in to relieve. He whiffs Jake Lamb and then Dave Roberts brings in Louis Coleman to finish the inning. He retires Castillo on a pop out and then whiffs Tomas for the third out.
The Dodgers added another run in the top of the seventh. Rob Segedin walked and Utley doubles him in to make the score 5-2 Dodgers. Pedro Baez tosses a scoreless bottom of the seventh and we move to the eighth inning. Joe Blanton pitches a scoreless eighth frame.
The Dodgers add another run in the top of the ninth to go ahead 6-2. Singer and Gonzo single and a wild pitch from Silvino Branch scores the sixth run across for the Dodgers. Finally Kenley Jansen enters the bottom of the ninth and strikes out the side to record the boys in blue’s 84 win of the season. Dodgers win 6-2! The Giants blew another late inning lead, falling to the Cardinals. The Dodgers magic number is now 10!
The Dodgers wrap up the series and the road trip tomorrow afternoon as rookie Jose De Leon will battle left hander Robbie Ray at 1:10 PM. The Dodgers come home afterwards for their final home stand of the season and a big series against the Giants.