The Dodgers used a parade of dingers to come from behind to beat the Mets 7-4 and earn a series win in the second game of the three game set in Gotham City. The Dodgers hit five home runs in the game and there were nine total. Cody Bellinger hit his 31 home run of the season as he marches towards the all-time Dodger rookie record. Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and Justin Turner each added homers as well to back Rich Hill as the club has now surpassed the 2013 club by going 43-7 in their last 50 games.
Rich Hill started out shakier than an all night dance party. He allowed three home runs in the top of the first inning to immediately put the Dodgers in a 3-0 hole. Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, and Curtis Granderson all hit solo home runs within minutes of each other in the opening frame. Hill settled down after that not allowing anything else. Hill went his usual five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out eight.
Dodgers 7 8 1
Mets 4 7 0
Hill pitching line: 5 IP 3 ER 6H 1BB 8K 91 pitches
Opposing starter Seth Lugo was dominant in the early frames, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Yasmani Grandal’s double in the fifth frame broke up the no-no and the Dodger offense finally woke from its slumber in the following frame. That’s like waking a sleeping bear. Dangerous for any opposing club.
Taylor got the party started with a lead-off blast against Lugo in the top of the sixth. Turner flared a single to center and Bellinger bombed another one to tie the game at 3-3. Yasiel Puig’s laser shot home run in the top of the seventh inning gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. Turner followed up with a home run of his own in the top of the eighth that barely got over the fence. That put the Dodgers up by a 5-3 score.
The bullpen took things the rest of the way. Brandon Morrow pitched a scoreless sixth inning and Pedro Baez followed by tossing a scoreless seventh. Baez was allowed to begin the eighth frame but started that by walking Yoenis Cespedes and almost hitting him.
Roberts immediately hooked Baez and called in newly acquired left hander Tony Watson. The southpaw was terrific. He got Brandon Nimmo looking at a called third strike. Then he got Curtis Granderson to strike out as he chased a low and away breaking ball. Finally he retired Neil Walker on a little nubber in front of the plate.
The Dodgers added two more on another monster home run. Kyle Farmer singled (yay Farmer!) and Taylor each singled but Farmer was forced at second. He’s no speedster bless his heart. Seager then mashed a monstrous two-run shot into the upper deck to put the Dodgers up 7-3.
With a four-run lead the Dodgers decided to give Kenley a rest and brought in Ross Stripling to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. Stripling pitched around a solo home run from Rene Rivera (more dingers!) to end the game. Dodgers win again! They now improve to 78-32 and continue to destroy all opposition. The boys in blue will go for a sweep on Sunday night baseball on ESPN. Hyun-jin Ryu will battle Steven Matz with first pitch slated for 5 PM PST.
Yasmani Grandal left with back spasms.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 5, 2017
All the homers guys!