After the pitching catastrophe on Thursday afternoon in Cleveland Alex Wood provided us with a breath of fresh air with his eight innings of one-run ball. It might have been a shutout had I not jinxed him with my stupid tweet.
I am a total complete game shutout junkie. It's a guilty pleasure
— Ladodgerreport (@Ladodgerreport) June 17, 2017
Fortunately the Dodgers were already up 3-1 at that point and you know they have Kenley Jansen to pitch the ninth inning. Wood tossed eight innings allowing just one run on four hits with five whiffs and no walks. Wood not only did it with the glove, he also did it with the bat. His seventh inning single drove in Joc Pederson to put the Dodgers ahead 3-1. Wood improved to 7-0 on the season and continues to be good.
Dodgers 3 7 0
Reds 1 5 0
The Dodgers scored one run in the second, one run in the third and one on the eighth. Opposing starter Tim Adleman was tough, but the Dodgers scored twice against him. Adelman tossed six innings allowing two earned runs on five hits but walked four with four strikeouts.
The Dodgers got on the board first in the top of the second when Joc Pederson slammed a solo home run to right center field to put the Dodgers up 1-0. In the third frame Justin Turner walked with two outs and Cody Bellinger singled him to second. Chris Taylor’s line drive double down the left field line scored Turner, but Bellinger was thrown out at the plate by Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez.
Speaking of thrown out at the plate, Grandal did that to Suarez in the bottom of the second when he cut him down at the plate on former Dodger Jose Peraza’s grounder to shortstop. Suarez had doubled to lead-of the inning and moved to third on Scott Schebler’s ground out to second.
In the top of the eighth, Joc and Yasiel Puig both walked. Then Wood chopped a single down the right field line past Joey Votto to score Joc and put the Dodgers ahead 3-0. I was praying for a complete game shutout because you all know how much I love those. Unfortunately stupid Devin Mesoraco hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to ruin my dreams.
Thank goodness the Dodgers have the greatest closer of our generation in Kenley Jansen. Our big island boy came in and gave up a lead-off double to Bill Hamilton. But you know, it’s Kenley Jansen. So he whiffs Zack Cozart. He whiffs Votto, and then he whiffs Adam Duvall for the final out of the game. The Dodgers win 3-1!
The Dodgers now improve to 42-26 and we wait for the result of the Colorado/San Francisco game. The Dodgers are a half game behind Colorado at the moment. A Colorado loss should mean both clubs are tied for first place in the NL West. The series continues tomorrow as Hyun-jin Ryu is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday afternoon. Right hander Asher Wojciechowski will counter for the Reds. The Dodgers beat him on the last home stand.
In other news the Dodgers sent Ross Stripling temporarily back to Oklahoma City. They recalled Josh Ravin. My guess is that Stripling rejoins the club again soon as the Dodgers probably wanted a fresh arm after Thursday’s pitching atomic bomb.