The Dodgers wrapped up their series north of the Canadian border and also wrapped up their all turf trip in grand style with a 4-2 win over Toronto. Today is mother’s day and what better gift to give Mom than a neat little Dodger victory all shiny and glimmering. Try it on Mom, it fits you perfectly. The Dodgers and Blue Jays were all wearing pink to raise awareness for cancer, as is customary on Mother’s day. There were some colorful uniform accessories.
So without further ado, I dedicate this win to my mom. Hi Mom! Can a blogger dedicate wins to his mother? Is that allowed? The unwritten rulebook says….yes it is.
The lineup shuffling continued for the Dodgers on Sunday as Yasiel Puig was benched because he’s been swinging at too many pitches outside of the strike zone, and sucking. So Carl Crawford was penciled in left and Trayce Thomspon was slotted into right field. Howie Kendrick played first base, which came into play later in the game. Adrian Gonzalez was the DH.
Dodgers 4 8 0
Blue Jays 2 5 1
The Dodgers scored four runs in the last three frames to come from behind. Another huge home run from Joc, a sacrifice fly from Grandal and an RBI single from Kendrick were the offensive highlights for the Dodgers. Kenley Jansen picked up another 4-out save at the end of the game as well. Not sure how Hatcher vultured the win in this one. It must be nice to be able to come in and suck again and have your teammates bail you out. End the experiment Dodgers, please. If anything Stripling deserved to get the win today. I still can’t believe he hasn’t gotten his first MLB win yet.
The Dodgers got a very good outing from starter Ross Stripling. Unfortunately he was being outpitched by opposing starter Marco Estrada. Stripling tossed six innings and allowed just one earned run on one hits while whiffing six. He walked none and that lone hit was a double from Toronto center fielder Kevin Pillar in the third inning.
The Blue Jays broke out first in that frame. After Pillar’s double, Russell Martin’s grounder moved him to third. Later in the inning, number nine hitter Ryan Goings grounded a dribbler to first. Kendrick had a play at the plate to get Pillar, but his throw was way off and Toronto took a 1-0 lead. I think Gonzo probably makes that play. Kendrick has started 78 games at first base in his career, but I think it’s been a while since he’s played there.
It was a 1-0 game until the seventh inning and the Dodgers were being no-hit until the top of the sixth. Thompson doubled off the wall in right. However Chase Utley flied out, Seager whiffed, and Gonzo grounded into a force play after Justin Turner drew a walk.
The Dodgers tied the score in the top half of the seventh inning. Joc Pederson crushed another monster home run. He now leads the club with six. The solo shot ties the game. The Blue Jays would come and retake the lead in the bottom half of the frame.
For some odd reason, Stripling was removed from the game after just 85 pitches. I have no idea if he was tired, or not. Dave Roberts must have been delusional because he brought in resident gas can bum Chris Hatcher. After getting a ground out, and a line out, Hatcher gave up a ground ball single to Justin Smoak. Then he walked Troy Tulowitzki to put runners at first and second. Pillar comes up big again for the Blue Jays with a single to right that scores Smoak. Thompson bobbles the ball in right field and he is charged with an error. The Blue Jays lead 2-1. Luckily Hatcher gets Martin to foul out to get out of the inning. Hatcher “lowers” his ERA to 6.92.
The Dodgers would rally in the eighth. Marco Estrada is removed and in comes Drew Storen from the Toronto bullpen. Estrada pitched very well and is a tough competitor. He tosses seven innings allowing one earned run on three hits and strikes out eight.
Utley started the inning with a walk. Seager follows with a slicing double to right that sent Utley to third. The Dodgers are in business. The Blue Jays make another pitching change, and in comes Roberto Osuna. Turner is called out on strikes for the first out. After the obligatory intentional walk to Gonzo to load the bases Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly to center scores Utley to tie the game. Kendrick’s run scoring single plates another tally, and the Dodgers take the lead 3-2!
Pedro Baez (who seems to now be Robert’s choice for setup) pitches a nice clean bottom of the eighth inning. He actually didn’t implode and struck out Ezequiel Carrera, and Josh Donaldson. Although he did run into trouble when Michael Saunders singled, the Dodgers called in Kenley Jansen to provide another 4-out save. Joey Bats hit a soft liner that Utley dives and makes a great catch to end the inning.
The Dodgers picked up an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Puig was inserted into the game to replace Crawford. He singled to lead off the ninth and after a Thompson force out Utley and Seager both single. Seager’s single drove in the run and the Dodgers took a 4-2 lead.
Kenley comes back out for the bottom of the ninth to nail down another save for the boys in blue. Edwin Encarnacion pops out. Smoak doubles, but Kenley gets Tulo to fly to right and Pillar whiffs to end the game. The Dodgers win 4-2! The Dodgers are now back above .500 with a 16-15 record.
The Dodgers now return home to open a nine game home stand with the Mets, Cardinals, and Angels. They’ll kick off the home stand with a NLDS rematch versus the Mets. The four game series opens on Monday evening with a battle of lefties as Steven Matz counters Scott Kazmir at 7:10 PM.