It was a beautiful day for a ball game. The Pirates certainly felt good after putting the Dodgers to bed last night, 5-2. The Dodgers were hoping a new day would bring them closer to first place. Brandon McCarthy was hoping the bright sun would smile upon him and change the bad luck he’s had on the mound lately.
McCarthy did not begin strong. He walked two and hit a batter to load the bases. But he wasn’t done. He walked one more to bring in a run. 1-0
Lucky for the Dodgers, McCarthy was able to dig deep and pitch his way out of it. He ended the inning with 2 Ks.
Chase Utley woke up the crowd with a double to RF.
Josh Reddick followed with a bunt so good that everyone was safe.
Corey Seager hit into a double play, but he picked up the run to tie the game. 1-1
Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson followed with singles. The Dodgers had four hits in the inning.
2nd inning Tie score 1-1
McCarthy remained wild. He loaded the bases and walked in another run. 2-1
The Dodgers had seen enough and finally lifted McCarthy. .
New Dodger Josh Fields took over. Buc’s Single! 3-1
Rob Segedin singled and was knocked in by another double by Utley. 2-3
3rd inning. Bucs 3-2
Fields left with one on and two out. Julio Urias in. K! Job done.
After a successful replay challenge, second base was awarded to Adrian Gonzalez. Howie Kendrick came up and hit what looked like a sure out. But he was safe and Gonzalez scored on a Bucs throwing error. 3-3
Kendrick was then involved in another replay challenge on a play at the plate. The Dodgers won the challenge, and went up 6-3
6th inning Dodgers 5-3
With two out and one on, Dave Roberts pulled Urias.
Joe Blanton in. He walked one more batter and barely got out of the inning.
Corey Seager opened with a base hit.
Joc Pederson jacked an opposite field home run into the Dodgers’ bullpen. 8-3
7th inning Dodgers 8-3
Another scoreless inning for Blanton.
8th inning Dodgers 8-3
Pedro Baez in. He gave up a laser beam homer. 8-4
After Josh Ravin walked a couple, Manager Roberts went to closer Kenley Jansen. He came in and closed the books on this one at just under four hours.
Dodgers win! 8-4
McCarthy was a man without a fastball today. He never really challenged any batters, and his shaky control seemed to deteriorate with every pitch. It was later reported he has right hip soreness. Prepare for another DL announcement.
The Pirates certainly had their chances: Dodgers pitching provided the Bucs with 1 hit batter, 10 hits and 11 walks.
They left 18 MOB.
Bullpen Bright Spots: Julio Urias and Joe Blanton combined for five scoreless innings of relief. Urias got the win. He’s 3-2 for the season.
The bats were back: The Dodgers scored in every one of the first 6 innings. They had 17 hits, 5 doubles and one home run. Utley and Kendrick had two doubles apiece.
Corey Seager and Joc Pederson both had 3 hit days. Pederson was 3 for 5 with a home run and a double. He also scored twice and had two RBI’s.
The win puts the Dodgers 1/2 game out of first place. The Giants play later tonight.
Team with RISP: 4 for 17 Hmmm…Staying positive.