The Dodgers certainly had a rough road trip losing four out of five games, but they returned home on a happy note after narrowly defeating the Giants 2-1 on Sunday afternoon to force a series split. After an off day on Monday the Dodgers opened a five game home stand on Tuesday with a two-game interleague series against the Oakland A’s.
We also learned the news that the Dodgers will be announcing tomorrow that Dodger Stadium will be hosting the 2020 all-star game. There has only been one all-star game at Dodger Stadium, which was back in 1980. Getting back to tonight, the Dodgers made quick work of the Athletics thanks to three solo home runs (Taylor, Seager, Kemp) and a dominating pitching performance from Hyun-jin Ryu to win the first game of the series 4-0. The Dodgers actually have now won two whole games in a row. Miracle upon miracles!
Oakland 0 5 0
Dodgers 4 11 0
It was no miracle of course. The Dodgers used a combination of power hitting and power pitching to down the Oakland club. Chris Taylor and Corey Seager led off the bottom of the first inning with consecutive solo home runs against opposing starter Sean Manaea. This was Taylor and Seager’s first home runs of the year. So this was a very encouraging sign. Matt Kemp added a home run in the bottom of the sixth as well. That was his first home run as a Dodger in a game that counted since the 2014 NLDS. That put the Dodgers up 3-0. They added another run on a Logan Forsythe RBI double later in the frame.
Most notably tonight was Hyun-jin Ryu’s dominant outing. Over six innings he allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. Only two Oakland batters reached base against Ryu. Stephen Piscotty’s first inning walk and Khris Davis’s sixth inning single were the lone Oakland base runners through the first six innings as Ryu held a no-hitter until Davis’s single. What an amazing come back for Ryu who still has some juice left in his arm. Oakland’s starter Manaea was pretty good too allowing just the two home runs in the first and two earned runs on seven hits across six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Ross Stripling worked around a walk in the top of the eight. The Dodgers didn’t have to go to Kenley Jansen until Stripling gave up a pair of singles with one out in the top of the ninth. Kenley strikes out Jonathan Lucroy and gets Piscotty to ground out to end the game. Kemp and Bellinger each went 2 for 4. The A’s were held to just five hits. The series wraps up tomorrow as Alex Wood takes the mound (hopefully recovered from his bout with food poisoning) Oakland will counter with 25-year old right hander Daniel Mengden.