The Dodgers have won four in a row, but tonight’s pitcher is wild card, Scott Kazmir. That means anything can happen, and you won’t find me betting on five in a row.
That said, the other wild card is the Dodgers’ offense. Like LA’s temperatures, the bats have been flaming hot. Multiple Dodgers are scoring in multiple innings, but can they keep up the pace? Chances are, Kazmir is going to give up home runs tonight, so he’ll need all the help he can get.
What did I just say? Home run, Bryce Harper. 1-0
5th inning Nats 1-0
Another solo home run given up by the wild card. 2-0
Halfway through the game…nothing.
7th inning Nats 2-0
Kazmir out. Adam Liberatore in. Job done, but it took a while.
8th inning Nats 2-0
Louis Coleman in. Job done. Again, barely. It took a great throw from Howie Kendrick in left to Yasmani Grandal at the plate. He put the tag on Ramos, the lumbering Nat’s catcher to end the inning.
Corey Seager, base hit.
Yasiel Puig, base hit (barely out of the glove of the leaping Nats SS)
Yasmani Grandal cracked a 3-run home run over the center field wall! Dodgers 3-2
Scott Kazmir didn’t pitch an especially bad game. He chewed up six innings to help out the overworked bullpen, and escaped a bases loaded jam in his final inning. The trouble was, he gave up two solo home runs that stood like two huge hurdles to victory, because the hot Dodger bats had cooled off along with the drop in the temperature.
Until the eighth inning, that is. Yasmani Grandal came up with two men on, and he crushed a pitch that blasted all of the Yasmani haters – along with the ball – over the center field wall to give the Dodgers the lead.
The Dodgers bullpen worked on further dropping its league -leading ERA, holding the Nats scoreless long enough for the boys to get a couple on, and catch some lightning with Grandal’s bat.
Scott Kazmir went 6 innings with 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 4 Ks, 2 HRs. ERA 4.52
Home run: Yasmani Grandal
Team with RISP: A big 1 for 3