The Dodger bats have certainly woken up in recent days. It’s not surprising as the increased offense has coincided with the call-up of super rookie Cody Bellinger. Hyun-jin Ryu is most definitely cooked at this point, but the Dodgers were still able to rally in the top of the ninth inning in Monday night’s 10-7 loss. Even though they came up short, it was still impressive.
The boys in blue kept the mojo going in the second game of the series as Clayton Kershaw won his ninth career game at Coors Field, and twentieth overall against Colorado. The Dodger bats continued to rake, oh and the kid homered again as the Dodgers defeated the Rockies 6-2 to even the series.
Dodgers 6 9 1
Rockies 2 7 0
Kershaw wasn’t his usual dominating self, he’s had some issues with his slider but he was good enough to win. Good pitchers find ways to win even without their best stuff. Kershaw tossed 7 innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one. He made 85 pitches and the Dodgers removed him after seven innings.
Kershaw had to work out of a couple of early game jams in the first and second innings. After surrendering a single to DJ LeMahieu in the first inning he got Nolan Arenado to ground into an inning ending double play. After Ian Desmond singled, and Cargo doubled him to third in the bottom of the second Kershaw whiffed Pat Valaika and Dustin Garneau to end the threat.
Colorado scored one run in the third and fourth innings but Kershaw was able to limit the damage. In the third frame Charlie Blackmon tripled (on a ball that deflected off of Utley’s glove), and LeMahieu singled him home. Once again Kershaw immediately induced an inning ending double play off the bat of Arenado.
In the fourth inning Colorado scored again and the Dodgers were lucky to get out of it with just the one scoring. Matt Reynolds walked, and advanced to second on Desmond’s grounder. Then Cargo singles again and Reynolds scores the Rockie’s second run. Valaika reaches on an error from Corey Seager, but Yasmani Grandal throws him out trying to steal second. The call was originally safe, but replay review overturned the call on the field.
The Dodgers put up five runs in the second inning against opposing starter Tyler Chatwood. Joc Pederson and Seager each had two hits and Seager drove in two. Chase Utley continued his hot hitting with a triple and two runs driven in. His batting average is now up to .197. Bellinger homered and scored twice.
The second inning started when Bellinger and Chris Taylor walked, and then Utley lines a triple to center, that gets past the diving Blackmon who made a diving try. The Dodgers were up 2-0. Then Puig walked and Kershaw tried to squeeze Utley home, but it didn’t work and he was thrown out at the plate. With Kersh at first base, Joc doubles home Puig and sends Kersh to third. Then Seager doubles home both men and the Dodgers are up 5-0.
They would add one more when Bellinger bombed one into the right field seats in the top of the eighth inning for his seventh home run of the season. Bellinger has now hit seven home runs in 16 games for the Dodgers which is one of the fastest to reach that mark ever.
I saw a stat that the Dodgers are 88-0 when they score five or more runs with Kershaw on the mound. That’s pretty much as good of a bet as any.
The Dodger bullpen took things the rest of the way. Luis Avilan starts the eighth frame by walking rookie Raimel Tapia, but gets Blackmon swinging. Then Pedro Baez is called in and he strikes out LeMahieu and Arenado as he pumps his fist in celebration as he walks off the mound. Kenley Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to seal the victory. The Dodgers win 6-2!
Bellinger watch: The kid did this:
The boys in blue now improve to 21-15 as they climb back to within a game and a half of first place. The series continues on Saturday night as the Dodgers look to take a series lead. Alex Wood will take on Tyler Anderson in a battle of left handers at 5:10 PM PST.