Boy when the Dodgers are hot, they are hot and they take no prisoners. There was no screwing around at Dodger Stadium on Labor Day. The boys in blue exploded to lay a beatdown on Zack Greinke and the Dbacks like you would not believe. The Dodgers slugged 5 home runs including 4 in the fifth inning to beat the Dbacks 10-2. The win coupled with the Giants pathetic 6-0 loss to Colorado moves the Dodgers to 4 games ahead in the NL West.
Now is the time of the season where you start to see magic numbers. It sneaks up on you and you start to see them around the beginning of September. The season is winding down and the Dodger’s magic number to win the NL West is now at 22. Magic numbers make you feel good. I can taste the postseason. The only question is whether the Dodgers will suffer another soul-crushing defeat? Or will they rise to the occasion and finally get through the playoffs? We’ll have to wait and see.
Dbacks 2 4 0
Dodgers 10 1 0
Winning the division helps tremendously and the Dodgers took a huge step forward in that direction on Labor Day evening. The Dodgers scored ten runs on eleven hits to down the Snakes. The Dodgers scored 6 runs in the fifth inning on four home runs to knock Greinke out of the game. Poor Zack Greinke. The guy was 29-5 at Dodger Stadium in his career. Greinke allowed 8 earned runs on 9 hits over 4+ innings. He’s now allowed 21 home runs in his 23 starts. I almost feel sorry for him. Almost. I still believe that Greinke is a good pitcher just having a down year. Have fun playing golf in October Greinke!
On the pitching side for the Dodgers, Kenta Maeda was dominant. He tossed 6.1 innings of one-run ball allowing just 3 hits and striking out 8. He picked up his fourteenth win of the season to improve to 14-8. At one point he retired eighteen consecutive Dbacks.
Through the first three and a half frames the game was a scoreless duel. The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the fourth when Corey Seager doubled and Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run over the low wall in the right field corner that put the Dodgers ahead 2-0. The Dodgers continued the onslaught in the fifth inning.
In that frame Joc Pederson slammed his 20th home run of the season over the center field wall. Boom! That made the score 3-0 Dodgers. Maeda beat an infield single to short and Utley singled to left to put two on for Corey Seager. Boom! Seager slugs a three-run shot to put the Dodgers up 6-0. Then Justin Turner homered! Boom! Finally Yasmani Grandal got into the act too with a solo shot of his own to put the Dodgers up 8-0! The Dodgers plated two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The bats were on fire tonight. The Dodgers scored 10 runs on 11 hits. Seager had three hits (single, double, home run) and drove in three runs.
The Dodger bullpen took things the rest of the way. Louis Coleman, Jessie Chavez, and Josh Ravin pitched the final 2.2 innings of the game. Final Score: Dodgers 10 Snakes 2.
The Dodgers now improve to 77-60 and a season high 17 games above .500. The win also moves them to 4 games ahead in the NL West race. The magic number is now 22! The series continue tomorrow night as Shelby Miller counters Ross Stripling at 7:10 PM. Happy Labor Day everyone!