Ladies and gentlemen, this game had everything! Double-digit scoring, double-digit strikeouts, back-to-back home runs, an injury scare, Puig happening, Kenley Jansen pitching with a ten-run lead, and much more.
Southpaw Rich Hill led the boys with a dominant performance. He struck out ten and only allowed two Padres hits. He may only throw a 90 mph fastball, but when he’s throwing it with pinpoint control (on a night the home plate umpire had a tight strike zone), and he matches that with a wicked curveball that came from every angle, but always seemed to finish over the plate, the Padres’ batters simply had no chance.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Dodgers’ offense pummeled Padres starter Clayton Richard for eight of their ten runs, and they looked like they were having a great amount of fun doing so.
The Dodgers scored throughout the night, putting up runs in the first three innings (with a big four runs in the third) and then again in the fifth and sixth innings.
Almost every starter, including Rich Hill, put up at least one RBI tonight. Justin Turner didn’t knock in anyone, but he did manage to score a run, and Chris Taylor didn’t pick up any RBIs because he left the game early with a scary slide step off first base. He was lifted from the game and early medical reports listed him with a bruised knee.
Yasiel Puig delivered a monster home run in the bottom of the fifth. One inning later Curtis Granderson (who replaced Taylor) and Corey Seager hit back-to-back home runs that sealed the Padres fate at 10-0.
Before the game, Roberts had decided Kenley Jansen would pitch, no matter what, so after being pummeled by the Big Blue Steamroller, the Padres had to endure one last bone crushing at the hands of the greatest closer in baseball. It was beautiful!
the Dodgers have already assured themselves home field advantage through the NL playoffs, and they now have a magic number of one to secure the best record in baseball over the Cleveland Indians. Tonight’s win tied the Los Angeles franchise’s record of 102 wins, with enough games left to tie the all-time Dodgers record of 105. Stay tuned!