The Dodgers are certainly an interesting club wrapped up in an enigma. For three weeks they lost almost every game. They lost in many different ways. Some days they hardly showed up and were blown out. On other days the bats went cold and on other days the starting pitchers bombed in the early frames and they still lost by a run. Before that nasty little losing streak they were on pace to win 114 games.
Of course on a day when I was unable to watch most of the game due to work was the day the Dodgers beat the Nationals in a laugher. I would think this is probably because they’re a very talented club, but also because I was not there to watch the game. So with me safely tucked away behind my desk at work, the Dodgers scored 6 runs in the early innings en route to a 7-0 win over Washington in the first game of the three game series in the nation’s capital.
Dodgers 7 9 0
Nationals 0 4 0
Alex Wood tossed six shutout frames and looked like his old self as he secured his fifteenth win of the season to improve his record to 15-3. Wood allowed just three hits and struck out 8 across six scoreless innings. Former Dodger Edwin Jackson was atrocious, allowing seven earned runs on six hits in just 2.1 innings pitched.
The Dodger bats came to life early in the game and didn’t let up. The Dodgers scored 5 runs in the top of the second inning and got three home runs from Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, and Corey Seager. Turner’s shot came in the first inning. Puig led off the second inning with a huge shot, his 26 of the season. Chase Utley doubled and then Andre Ethier’s fly ball to deep right was completely misplayed by Jayson Werth. He lost the ball as it bounced several feet behind him and over the wall for a double. Ethier had a good game collecting two hits (2 for 4 1B, 2B, RBI) and the Dodgers went up 3-0.
Later in the inning Chris Taylor would walk and come around to score on Corey Seager’s long ball and the Dodgers went ahead 6-0. The Dodgers would plate one more run in the top of the third inning when Cody Bellinger walked, stole second and scored on a Chase Utley fielder’s choice grounder.
Werth-less’s bonehead play
The Dodger bullpen took things the rest of the way. Pedro Baez who has been public enemy number one lately in Dodger land tossed a scoreless seventh inning (After walking two) striking out two. Brock Stewart allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four over the final two frames.
The Dodgers now improve to 95-52 and have won three in a row. The magic number to clinch the NL West is now down to just 6 games. If Arizona loses tonight then it would drop to five. The series continues tomorrow with an early start time of 10:10 AM PST as Rich Hill will battle A.J. Cole. The game will be televised on Fox.