The fireworks started early at Dodger Stadium this holiday season. The Dodgers hit ten home runs in their three game series against the bucks. They also scored 32 runs in the series off a beleaguered Pittsburgh staff. They didn’t hit any long balls on the fourth of July, but still scored six runs in a 6-4 win to sweep the Bucs on Independence Day. Who says the Dodgers only score from hitting home runs?
Rich Hill took the hill on Wednesday for the Dodgers. He had an interesting outing to say the least. He limited the Pirates to two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over five innings. He also bunted for a hit (advancing to third on two wild pitches) and tried to score from third on a fly ball. His awkward slide didn’t score but did aggravate his neck. He left with neck tightness after the fifth inning.
The Dodgers overcame a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the third. Original starter Joe Musgrove was scratched from tonight’s game because of a finger injury. Young right hander Clay Holmes made the spot start for the Buccos and he was terrible. The Dodgers got to him for four earned runs on five hits across 2.1 innings.
Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal each had two hits and drove in three. Grandal’s RBI single in the bottom of the first put the Dodgers up by a run, but Starling Marte‘s two-run double in the third gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead. The lead didn’t last long. The Dodgers scored three in the bottom of the third to retake the lead. Grandal delivered again with a two-run double, and Taylor’s first single gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers added two more in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor’s stick drove in two more runs to put the Dodgers ahead 6-2.
Pirates 4 9 0
Dodgers 6 9 0
There was some strange static between Daniel Hudson and the first base umpire Jeff Nelson in the top of the sixth. That led to Hudson being ejected from the game and the Dodgers a bit shocked. Reportedly they had some issue with his mound setup, but I have no idea why. I think his reaction is what got him tossed from the game. Hey lesson learned, don’t curse at the umpires. Moving along, after Gregory Polanco‘s two-run home run in the eighth inning, the Dodgers had to go to the big man Kenley Jansen for a five-out save. Kenley came through by pitching 1.2 scoreless innings to secure the win.
Hey hey what do you know? The Dodgers are now just a half game out of first place after the Cardinals beat the Dbacks tonight. The Giants lost too, so it was a pretty good night for us Dodger fans. The Dodgers get a day off on Thursday before heading down to Anaheim to open a series against the Angels over the weekend. Kenta Maeda will start the opener for the Dodgers on Friday night. It’s first place or bust folks!