The Dodgers made the foolish decision to not start Chris Taylor in their 6-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night. Fortunately they made the smart decision to insert him into the game during the late innings. As soon as he entered the game he quickly became a star after he hit a home run and drove in two runs with a triple. The Dodgers have hopefully learned their damn lesson. Trayce Thompson had started the game in left field and continues to suck. He struck out three times to lower his batting average to a robust .119. I tweeted an important thought during the game….
Thompson now batting .119 after striking out 3 times tonight. I wonder how low his batting average can go?
— Ladodgerreport (@Ladodgerreport) July 23, 2017
Anyways, the Dodgers hit three home runs (Seager, Turner, and Taylor) and they also played a little small ball as well to support a strong Rich Hill start and halt the agonizing two-game losing streak that was plaguing the club since Thursday. Hill continues to pitch well. The curveball spinner tossed 6.1 effective innings only allowing two earned runs and striking out 8.
Braves 2 6 1
Dodgers 6 13 0
The Dodger bats got started early against opposing starter Julio Teheran in the first inning. Corey Seager bombed one into the pavilions in left center to put the Dodgers up 1-0. Reports from the international space station confirm that the ball has yet to return to the Milky Way galaxy. It was crushed far gosh darnit.
Hill started off very well as he struck out the side in the first inning and two more in the second inning pitching around two singles from Nick Markakis, and Sean Rodriguez. Hill ran into a bit of trouble again in the top of the third, but was able to pitch around it again. Johan Camargo hit a two-out double and Freddie Freeman walked. But Hill got Kemp to hit into a force out to get out of it. The Dodgers added another run in the bottom half of the third inning when silver fox Chase Utley hit a home run into the visitor’s bullpen. That put the Dodgers ahead 2-0.
The Braves would tie the score in the top of the fifth. The inning starts with a hit by pitch on Teheran, and a double from Camargo one out later. Freeman’s ground out scores Teheran with the Dodger infield playing back. Then of course former Dodger Matt Kemp’s RBI single into left field brings home the tying run.
Move to the bottom of the sixth. The Dodgers used a little small ball in order to score the go-ahead run. With all of the balls the Dodgers have been slugging out of the ball park, it’s more than a little ironic that they used two swinging bunt nubbers that traveled about ten feet up the third base line to re-take the lead. That’s baseball for you.
Yasmani Grandal’s swinging bunt single leads-off the inning. Then Forsythe singles to left and Joc Pederson immediately grounds into a double play to seemingly ruin the inning for the Dodgers. However Grandal moves to third. Then Yasiel Puig’s swinging bunt squibber up along third is in the same spot that Grandal’s was. Teheran throws home but Grandal’s slide knocks the ball out of Flowers’ glove. The Dodgers lead 3-2! The scorer rules it a single and missed catch error on flowers. The Dodgers were probably lucky that the play wasn’t challenged. Puig took second on the play and stole third before the inning ended. Thompsons’s strike out ended the frame.
Rich Hill ended up getting the first out in the seventh inning before being removed. Pedro Baez and Chris Taylor would enter the game as a double-switch. As Baez recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning, Taylor would bat in the bottom half. Guess what happened…..
Taylor’s shot put the Dodgers up 4-2. Insurance runs helped and Taylor made sure the Dodgers would get a couple more. In the bottom of the eighth, Kike and Barnes would single and Taylor drives them both in with a two-run triple. The Dodgers take a 6-2 lead!
Baez and Kenley Jansen took care of things the rest of the way. Baez would pitch the top of the eighth and Kenley would close the door in the ninth. The Dodgers win!
The win gives the Dodgers their 40th win of the season at home. The club is now 40-13 at home and 67-31 overall. The lead in the NL West is back to 10.5 with Arizona losing to Washington. The Dodgers look for a split on Sunday afternoon. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound that looks pretty good. Left hander Sean Newcomb will take the mound for the Braves.
Hill pitching line- 6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K