It was a west coast style run scoring party at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night which led to the Dodger’s 13-5 pummeling of the Giants to even their three game series at one game each. The Dodgers were originally down 4-0 after the second inning after Alex Wood exploded. In the bottom half of the second inning the Dodger’s offense exploded for six runs, highlighted by a Cody Bellinger three-run triple.
The Dodgers also added four runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth to seal a very uplifting victory. The Dodgers scored 13 runs on 11 hits and were 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position. They drew 9 walks, and did it off a lefty! Well, most of it was off a lefty (Matt Moore), and the Dodgers are just one more win away from winning their third series of the season. Baby steps my friends, baby steps.
Giants 5 12 0
Dodgers 13 11 1
The game didn’t start well though. As a matter of fact, the second inning was a disaster for Alex Wood. The Giants scored four unanswered runs to frustrate all of Los Angeles. Christian Arroyo and Eduardo Nunez led off with consecutive infield singles to third base. One was a chopper that Justin Turner couldn’t handle. Wood struck out Joe Panik, but walked backup catcher Nick Hundley to load the bases. Of course the opposing pitcher Matt Moore bloops a single into shallow center field to score two runs. Kike Hernandez’s throw was errant and Moore and Hundley each took an extra base.
After Gorkys Hernandez lines out into Wood’s glove, Brandon Belt’s line drive double scored two more and that put the Giants up by a 4-0 score. Considering how dominating Moore was against the Dodgers in his last start up in San Francisco, it seemed like an insurmountable deficit to overcome for our Boys in Blue.
Thankfully the Dodgers had other ideas. The inning started when Franklin Gutierrez slugged a solo home run. He was activated from the disabled list before the game as the Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke to create roster room. Welcome back Gutierrez! Then Chris Taylor walked, Yasiel Puig reaches on a ground ball single to third and Austin Barnes draws a walk to load the bases as Moore’s control disappeared. After a coaching visit to the mound, rookie Cody Bellinger lines a base hit down the left field line that clears the bases. It’s a three-run triple for the young star, and the Dodgers have tied it up!
Then Wood makes up for his crappy second inning by helping his own cause with a single to left to drive in Bellinger. The Dodgers now lead 5-4. After Kike flies out, Corey Seager doubles Wood to third, and Turner’s sacrifice fly brings him in to give the Dodgers a 6-4 lead.
The Giants would claw their way back to within a run by plating a run in the top of the third on an RBI single from Panik that would score Buster Posey. But the Dodgers were relentless and scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Bellinger singled, Kike walked, Seager walked too, and Turner was hit by a pitch (in the butt). That forced in a run. There was a run-scoring force out, and then a two-run opposite field single from Puig scored two that put the Dodgers ahead 10-5. The Dodgers would add three more (two on another two-run single from Puig) in the sixth frame to go up 13-5. The deflated Giants would not threaten again. The Dodgers handily finished the game with a 13-5 drubbing. Puig would go 3 for 5 on the night with 4 runs batted in. Chris Taylor drew 4 walks, and the Dodgers had 4 extra-base hits. Great night for the Dodger bats.
The Dodgers now improve to 15-13 and are just one and a half games out of first place in the NL West. Tomorrow night is Vin Scully night as Julio Urias will take the mound for the Dodgers at 7:15 PM. Winless Jeff Samardzija will get the call for the Giants.
Alex Wood Pitching line: 5 IP 7 H 5 R 4 ER 1 BB 8 K- Not good
Alex Wood at the plate- 1 for 2 with an RBI single- Not bad.
Cody Bellinger watch: 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored-Three-run triple in the second inning. Bellinger is now hitting .345