The Dodgers wrapped up their regular season home schedule with a 14-0 whitewashing of the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon in their home schedule and series finale. With Colorado and St. Louis both winning their respective games, the Dodger’s lead in the National League west remains 1.5 games with six games left to play. The Dodgers are now 87-69, and 18 games above .500, a new season high.
Fan Appreciation day saw the Dodger offense show their appreciation by scoring 14 runs on 16 hits against the terrible San Diego pitching staff. The Dodger bats battered left hander Joey Lucchesi for seven earned runs on seven hits. Lucchesi lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up three home runs. The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the second and six runs in the fourth. They added another two in the fifth and scored four more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Padres 0 5 0
Dodgers 14 16 0
Matt Kemp and Manny Machado both hit home runs in the bottom of the second and the Dodgers never looked back in this one. For Kemp, he went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in. One of them was his 1,000 career RBI. His homer in the second and two-run single in the fourth accounted for three of the Dodger’s early runs. Every Dodger starter had at least one hit. Max Muncy who didn’t even start the game drove in four runs and collected two hits. He had two two-run singles in the fifth and seventh innings. Hyun-jin Ryu reached base three times and had three hits. Even Austin Barnes hit a home run.
On the mound, Ryu was dominant. The Korean lefty tossed six shutout innings allowing just four hits and striking out eight. He did not walk anyone and once again proved why he probably should be in the rotation during the playoffs. Ryu is now 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.00. Julio Urias pitched the final two frames of the game, allowing just one hit and notching four strikeouts.
On a side note, this was Chase Utley’s final regular season home appearance as a Dodger before he retires. Utley received ovations during both of his plate appearances. Both were outs, but me and my girlfriend got video of both of those at-bats. Yours truly was at the game and it was a smashing good time. Not only was I there, but our very own Oscar and James were both at the game as well sitting in separate parts of the Stadium. This was the first time that I am aware of that almost the entire LADR crew was at the game. The Dodgers hit the road for the final six contests. They’ll open up the final trip in Phoenix against the dormant Arizona Dbacks, who were officially eliminated today after the Dodger’s win. Clayton Kershaw will counter Robbie Ray in the series opener on Monday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PST. Magic Number: 6