Today was Wednesday, Hump Day, and the Dodgers were hunting for a sweep. Brock Stewart took the mound hoping to build on his excellent previous outing (5 shutout innings), and to build on the four-game lead the Dodgers built over the second place Giants.
Paul Goldschmidt got a lucky “ground causing a fumble” that turned into a double and an RBI when Charlie Culberson had a caught ball pop out of his glove when he hit the ground. 0-1
Howie Kendrick walked and came around to score on Corey Seager‘s double. 1-1
sac flied Seager to come home from third. 2-1After a quiet 3-5 inning, it was Stewart out and the bullpen conga line began.
J.P. Howell, one batter, one out.
Louis Coleman, one batter, one out.
Luis Avilan, one batter, one walk.
Jesse Chavez, one batter, one out.
Yasiel Puig went BOOM! 3-1
Arizona briefly threatened with bases-loaded, but Grant Dayton struck out Rickie Weeks on a full count to end the threat.
8th inning 3-1
Pedro Baez in. The slow as molasses jokes began in Twitter, but he got the job done.
9th inning 3-1
Kenley Jansen vs the D-backs
Segura: K O_O
Some stiff: F8
ROY Watch: Seager’s 39 doubles now lead the NL.
Whew: Arizona got the lead off man aboard in the 2,3,4,5,7 innings and they only had one run to show for it.
Stewart’s minimalism: The “whew” factor rises when we consider Stewart only struck out one batter.
Tonight’s win combined with the Giants’ loss (on a walk-off grand slam) to put the Dodgers up by 5 games, and drop the magic number to 19.
Brock Stewart (W 1-2) went 5 innings with 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks,1 K. ERA 6.55
Team with RISP: 0 for 3 Fancy that!