The Dodgers knocked off the Tribe in Tuesday night’s series opener to move into a first place tie in the NL West. Clayton Kershaw won his National League leading ninth win and Cody Bellinger hit two home runs as the Dodgers defeated the Indians 7-5. The Dodgers hit three home runs in the game as Bellinger was 3 for 4 and drove in 4 of the seven runs. Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Yasiel Puig all had two hits each with Puig hitting his tenth home run of the season, a second inning shot off opposing starter Trevor Bauer. Bellinger now leads the club with 17 home runs.
The Dodgers scored two in the second, two in the eighth and three in the ninth, while going 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The super kid stole the show as his late game dinger put the Dodgers ahead in the top of the eighth. It was Bellinger’s two-run home run off of Andrew Miller that broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning. He added another blast in the following frame.
Kershaw allowed just two earned runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out four. Opposing hurler Bauer went six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits as well. He struck out five and walked three but was not involved in the decision.
Of course Chris Hatcher nearly blew the game in the ninth inning with the Dodgers leading 7-2 because he’s horrendous. The Dodgers were forced to bring in Kenley Jansen to get the last out of the game. By doing that Kenley saved his twelfth of the season.
Check out Bellinger’s first home run of the game off of Miller below.
Joc Pederson was activated before the game and returned to the Dodger’s lineup. He went 0 for 4, but he appears to be healthy for now. Adrian Gonzalez was placed back on the disabled list with more back discomfort.
The lesson learned should be to never ever bring Chris Hatcher late into a game with a lead ever again. Actually the Dodgers should never bring him into a game when they’re losing either. Honestly I still have no idea why he’s wasting a roster spot. This is the third year in a row he’s taken away a roster spot from a more deserving pitcher. Here’s hoping the Dodgers finally wise up on him.
Oh and Puig flipped off some Indians fans after he hit his home run in the second inning. This is what he had to say about it…..
#Dodgers Yasiel Puig said 4 fans in dugout seats were riding him before/after his HR. "I reacted that way. I stooped to their level"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 14, 2017
Cool. Great shenanigans.
With the Rockie’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates the two clubs are now in a tie for first place in the NL West. The Dodgers are actually three percentage points ahead of the Rockies and have won five in a row. Arizona is hot on their heels sitting a half game behind the Dodgers and Rockies. The series continues tomorrow evening as Brandon McCarthy counters Corey Kluber.