The big news of the day was that the Dodgers acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson for the stretch run. Struggling outfielder Joc Pederson was sent to the minors. Yu Darvish was put on the DL with back tightness and the Dodgers called up reliever Edward Paredes. Grant Dayton also suffered a setback in his rehab assignment. Andre Ethier is still looking for his September call-up and the Dodgers keep winning.
Michael Fulmer of the Tigers went up against Hyun-Jin Ryu. This turned into a pitchers duel despite both offenses being ranked really high across the MLB. Wouldn’t you know the game stayed scoreless through six innings. Curtis Granderson was safe on second base on a Tigers error in the top of the 7th inning. The error came with two outs and Fullmer kept the Dodgers at bay.
Then Adrian Gonzalez singled him in to break the scoreless tie. Ryu pitched five innings and gave way to Ross Stripling. Also in the 7th inning Cody Bellinger rolled his ankle and had to leave the game. All anyone can hope for is that everything will be ok with Bellinger.
In the 8th inning Chase Utley walked followed by a Chris Taylor single. Justin Turner singled in Utley to make the score 2-0. Brandon Morrow then came in for the Dodgers and shut down the Tigers. In the 9th inning Yasmani Grandal hit a homerun to make the score 3-0. Kenley Jansen came in to shut the door down to preserve the victory.
The Dodgers have an 87-34 record. Only two teams reached 87 wins faster in the expansion era (since 1961): 1998 Yankees, 2001 Mariners. Tomorrow the Dodgers will face off against Justin Verlander as they go for the sweep.