The Dodgers returned to PNC Park a day after Rich Hill’s near no-hitter was ruined because of incompetent offense. The Dodgers were looking to wrap up the four-game set with a series win in an afternoon delight on getaway day. Hyun-jin Ryu battled Chad Kuhl in the series finale. The Dodgers have stranded an arsenal of base runners throughout the series and did the same thing again on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately the Pittsburgh skies opened up and the Dodger bats rained home runs upon PNC Park as the boys in blue slugged three home runs in their 5-2 win over the Bucs.
Hyun-jin Ryu turned in another solid outing as he limited the Pirates to just one earned run on four hits across six stellar frames. Curtis Granderson, Yasmani Grandal, and Adrian Gonzalez all hit home runs to back Ryu and the Dodger bullpen did their thing to preserve the win. Chris Taylor collected three hits to go 3 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI single. Granderson hit his third home run as a Dodger that landed in the Alleghany river. The Dodgers won their 90th game of the season.
Dodgers 5 14 0
Pirates 2 6 0
The Dodgers also made a couple of outstanding defensive plays throughout the game that helped Ryu. Justin Turner made a terrific backhanded stop and throw from foul ground on Josh Bell’s chopper in the bottom of the third. Logan Forsythe made a nice over the shoulder type catch to rob David Freese in the bottom of the second as well.
The Dodgers hit two home runs in the top of the eighth to extend their lead from 3-2 to 5-2. Grandal and Gonzo delivered the blows that inning. For Gonzalez that was just his second home run of the season. The Dodgers collected 14 hits and stranded 14 men on base. They were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers got some fine bullpen work from Josh Fields, Tony Watson, Pedro Baez, and Brandon Morrow to finish the game. The highlight was Baez striking out Andrew McCutchen in the bottom of the seventh with runners on the corners.
The Dodgers fly back home for a weekend series against the Brewers that begins on Friday night. I’m sure the Dodgers will be happy to get home. It seems as though they’ve been on the road for most of the month of August. (Checks schedule) Yes actually they have been on the road for most of the month. They’ve had a brutal schedule. Chase Anderson will counter Kenta Maeda in the series opener. Magic number: 15.