It looks like my prognostication that the Dodgers would never score again was wrong. In my defense it looked like that was certainly the case. I mean the way they were hitting it was very possible that the boys in blue would not score a single run for 162 games. Then they busted out by scoring five runs in a 5-0 win on Saturday night. The Dodgers were looking for a series split as they gave the ball to Rich Hill on Sunday night baseball. The Giants countered with Chris Stratton. I love to joke, but it looks like the Dodgers are back on track.
The Dodgers made up for all of the ohfers from the first two games of the series by letting loose with a nine-run barrage. The boys in blue exploded by scoring four runs in sixth and four more runs in eight innings. Rich Hill was dominant and the Dodgers finally hit their first home run of the season, a wall scraper from Cody Bellinger in the sixth inning. The Dodgers were the last team in the majors to hit a home run.
Giants 0 6 0
Dodgers 9 13 0
The beginning of the game was yet another scoreless pitching duel between Hill and Stratton. However the Giants kept getting runners on base as Hill wiggled out of jams. The Giants had one on with one out in the first inning after Joe Panik singled, but Hill induced Andrew McCutchen to ground into an inning ending double play.
In the third inning it looked like the Giants would take the lead when Brandon Belt walked and Brandon Crawford singled him to third. With first and third Stratton placed a sacrifice bunt, with Hill coming off the mound to field it and throw him out by a step. Jackson grounded out to third with the Dodgers holding the runner at third. After a walk to Panik, the ice cold McCutchen flied out to left.
In the top of the fourth, Buster Posey singled and Hill recovered to whiff Longoria and Hunter Pence. Then Belt doubles over Puig’s head and it appeared that Posey should score, but the Giants held him at third. Puig’s arm can be quite a deterrent. After an intentional walk, Stratton struck out swinging.
In the top of the sixth inning which was Hill’s final frame, Posey leads-off with a double off the top of the wall. Hill gets Longoria to fly out and Pence to ground out. After a rare Posey steal of third, Belt lines out to Puig in right field.
Hill would finish with 6 innings of work, allowing just five hits, three walks and striking out five. The Giants left seven runners on base and were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile the Dodger bats were awakening from their deep slumber. But it took them a few innings to do it.
A defensive mental lapse allowed the first Dodger run to score in the bottom of the fourth inning. Seager and Puig both single and one out later Bellinger flies out to shallow left. Seager tags up to third while Puig dances off of first base. The Giants relay the ball back to the infield as they try to get Puig in a rundown. One little problem there, they forgot all about Seager. He trots into score and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth inning the Dodgers broke the game open. Chris Taylor doubled and after Seager whiffed, Puig’s double to center scores Taylor to put the Dodgers up by a 2-0 score. The Giants bring in Josh Osich, and Yasmani Grandal’s ground ball single to left scores Puig. 3-0 Dodgers!
Bellinger immediately homers to left to put the Dodgers up 5-0 and the game on ice. The home run barely clears the wall hitting the top platform and bouncing into the pavilions. The Dodgers poured it on in the bottom of the eighth inning. Three consecutive singles from Puig, Bellinger and Grandal put the Dodgers up 6-0. An RBI double from Enrique Hernandez and an RBI ground out from Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers an eight run lead. Finally Austin Barnes got into the act with an RBI single as well and the Dodgers were up 9-0.
The Dodger bullpen performed well too. Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields and even Wilmer Font pitched a scoreless inning in relief. The Dodgers were 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Five hitters (Taylor, Puig, Grandal, Bellinger, Hernandez) all had at least two hits or more. Puig was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. The Dodgers had four, count them four extra-base hits.
Now that the drought is over and the series with the stupid Giants split we can put our minds at ease a bit. The Dodgers will embark on their first road trip of the season with three in Arizona against the miserably annoying Dbacks. The series begins on Monday as Hyun-jin Ryu makes his season debut against Taijuan Walker.