The Dodgers have hit 248 home runs setting a single season franchise record. They are just one shy of tying the all-time National League mark for dongs in a campaign. The Dodgers hit three of them on Tuesday night (all from a trio of veterans) against the Rockies helping them to defeat the Colorado nine by a 5-3 score. Two of those home runs (a three-run shot from Russell Martin, and a solo homer from David Freese) helped the Dodgers score four runs in the seventh inning rally to overcome a 2-0 deficit. The Dodger’s magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive National League West title is now at 5.
Home runs were the name of the game tonight and all seven runs in the game came on dingers. The Dodgers started Julio Urias, who pitched three innings and allowed a second inning home run to Daniel Murphy while also striking out three. Nolan Arenado homered in the fourth off of Yimi Garcia (what else is new?) putting Colorado up 2-0.
Meanwhile the Dodgers couldn’t hit Colorado starter Chi Chi Gonzalez. Hilariously Gonzalez held the Dodgers to just two earned runs on three hits over 6.1 innings while whiffing three. Up until the seventh inning the Dodgers had tallied just one hit off of the walking corpse of Gonzalez. It was almost as if the Dodgers had 27 Austin Barnes in the lineup, unable to hit one of the worst starters in the major leagues. In the seventh inning Cody Bellinger worked a walk. One out later Matt Beaty singled into right field to put two on. Bryan Shaw replaced Gonzalez and after getting Enrique Hernandez to line out to center, couldn’t retire Russell Martin. The veteran catcher slugged one into the left field pavilion to put the Dodgers on top 3-2. Then David Freese immediately homered as well and the Dodgers extended their lead to 4-2.
The Rockies threatened in the top of the eighth against Casey Sadler. With two outs consecutive singles from Arenado and Charlie Blackmon put runners at the corners. But sadler got Murphy to fly out to center field to end the inning. In the bottom half of the eighth, Justin Turner got in on the fun with a homer down the left field line to put the Dodgers ahead 5-2. That’s Turner’s 27th home run of the season. In case you were wondering about wonderkid Gavin Lux, he batted lead-off and recorded another hit. The super rookie looks polished beyond his years.
In the top of the ninth, the Dodgers brought in Kenley Jansen, who is now a shell of his former self. As usual Kenley threw nothing but ineffective cutters that don’t cut much, but was able to secure the win. After Ian Desmond lined out to right, Ryan McMahon walked. Pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso doubled McMahon to third. Tony Wolter’s grounder scored McMahon to cut the lead to 5-3. However by then there was two outs. Finally Kenley gets Raimel Tapia to ground out to end the game. Dodgers win. The boys in blue are now 91-55 and end the series with Colorado on Wednesday night. They’ll go for the sweep and give the ball to Hyun-jin Ryu in hopes that he can recover from four poor starts in a row.