Don’t look now but the Dodgers are red hot. They’ve won 13 of their last 17 games including Saturday night’s 4-0 win over Colorado to take a 2-1 series lead and move within a half game of the Rockies for first place in the National league West. Speaking of red hot, that’s what left hander Alex Wood has been lately. He’s been fantastic and once again dominated the Rockies to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The Dodger bats stayed hot by scoring four runs on seven hits. Five of those seven hits were for extra-bases. Justin Turner was 2 for 4 with an RBI double. My favorite whipping boy Kike Hernandez, Austin Barnes, and Franklin Gutierrez all added doubles and Brett Eibner hit a solo home run into the shrubs in center field. The Dodgers also squeezed home a run on a terrific bunt from Wood. He also got some help from the Dodger gloves as the boys in blue made several great defensive plays behind him. The Dodgers are now 22-15 and even their books on the road at 9-9. This was the Dodger’s first shutout at Coors Field since 2014.
Dodgers 4 7 0
Rockies 0 7 0
Getting back to Wood, he’s had issues in the past going through the batting order a third time. So far this year that’s been eliminated because he’s been pitching so strong. His command has been excellent and his strikeout rate has increased. Tonight he tossed 6 shutout innings allowing just 5 hits (all singles) and struck out 10. He walked just one and made 88 pitches. Wood’s mound opponent Tyler Anderson was not as fortunate. The southpaw allowed three earned runs on five hits across 5.2 innings. However he did manage to showcase his power pitching by striking out 8.
The Dodgers scored twice in the second inning to take an early lead. Kike leads-off the inning with a slicing double to left. After Cody Bellinger struck out, Austin Barnes doubles over Gerardo Parra’s head to score Kike and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Parra misread the ball and started in and was unable to catch up to it. Barnes then steals second and Eibner walks. Wood then places a perfect bunt down that forces Arenado to come in as Barnes scampers home to score and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning Eibner lead off with a solo shot into the center field bushes. That’s his first dinger of the season with the Dodgers and the lead is extended to 3-0. The Dodgers added one more in the seventh inning when Chris Taylor singled, and Turner laced a double down the right field line to put them up by a 4-0 score.
The Dodger bullpen provided more outstanding work as Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen tossed the final three innings to seal the Dodger win. Wood improves to 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. He’s struck out 48 and walked only 11. He’s striking out 11.5 per nine innings.
The Dodgers made these types of plays tonight:
Oh by the way, I know the pink uniforms worn today by both clubs don’t look exactly eye appealing but remember it’s for a good cause.
Cody Bellinger watch: Bellinger was 0 for 3 with a walk and struck out three times. Batting average at .308.