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Dodgers Week 5 review: High-flying road offense

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Joc Pederson either just scored a run, or purchased a Toyota.
Joc Pederson either just scored a run, or purchased a Toyota.
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The Dodgers saw injured stars Hyun-jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig each suffer setbacks in their rehabilitation, and saw Clayton Kershaw give back leads against a pair of mediocre teams, but the team still managed to win four of six games on the road.

After getting outscored 37-31 on the road in their first nine away games of the season, the Dodgers outscored the Brewers and Rockies 39-22 in six games last week.

Dodger Batter of the Week: After ending last week with a walk-off home run, Yasmani Grandal kept his hot streak going. He doubled on Monday and Tuesday, then went nuts on Thursday in Milwaukee with a pair of three-run home runs. He was 4-for-4 with two walks and drove in eight runs. Grandal has a six-game hitting streak, hitting .684 (13-for-19) during that span, with at least three hits in three of his last five starts.

The offense was a four-headed monster last week, with Adrian Gonzalez hitting .450 (9-for-20) with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI; Justin Turner was 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs, including the pinch-hit game-winner on Sunday; Joc Pederson homered three times and walked nine times, scoring eight runs with a .464 on-base percentage in six games.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Zack Greinke on Tuesday pitched into the eighth inning for the longest outing by a Dodgers starter this season, allowing only an unearned run. Honorable mention goes to Pedro Baez, who pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings with four strikeouts, and on Sunday struck out Troy Tulowitzki with the bases loaded in a tie game in the sixth inning.

Week 5 Record: 4-2
39 runs scored (6.50 per game)
22 runs allowed (3.67 per game)
.740 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 20-10
154 runs scored (5.13 per game)
103 runs allowed (3.43 per game)
.676 pythagorean winning percentage (20-10)

Miscellany

No need for extras: With his two singles, two walks and two home runs in Milwaukee on Thursday, Yasmani Grandal became just the fifth Dodgers catcher to reach base six times in a game, dating back to 1914. But while Grandal did so in a nine-inning game, the other four — Hank DeBerry (1929), Roy Campanella (1950), Paul Lo Duca (2001) and Russell Martin (2008) — needed extra innings to reach base six times.

Grandal's eight RBI was one shy of the franchise record, and just the fifth time a Dodger drove in at least eight runs in a game since 1914.

Power in a pinch: Justin Turner's two-run home run in the eighth inning gave the Dodgers a 7-5 lead in a win against the Rockies on Sunday. It was the fourth pinch-hit home run of the season for the Dodgers, who had one pinch-hit home run in all of 2014. The last season that saw the Dodgers hit more than four pinch-hit home runs was 2009, when they hit five.

Turner, who had one of the finest seasons ever for a Dodgers reserve last year hitting .340/.404/.493, had seven home runs in 322 plate appearances in 2014. He has five home runs in 57 PA so far in 2015, slugging .692.

Transactions

Monday: Recalled pitcher Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City, taking Scott Baker's place on the active roster.

Monday: Acquired pitcher Matt West from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and optioned him to Double-A Tulsa; to make room on the 40-man roster, Hyun-jin Ryu was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Monday: Optioned first baseman Andy Wilkins to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Tuesday: Scott Baker cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City; he accepted the assignment.

Wednesday: Recalled pitcher Joe Wieland from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start against Milwaukee; optioned Coulombe to Triple-A.

Thursday: Recalled outfielder Chris Heisey from Triple-A Oklahoma City; optioned Wieland to Triple-A.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Preston Wilson gauntlet, returning home for a seven-game homestand against the Marlins and Rockies. Tuesday's starter, who will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, hasn't been announced yet, though it figures to be Mike Bolsnger, so he's penciled in for Tuesday and Sunday (for now). The Rockies optioned Tyler Matzek on Friday after he walked six in just two innings in a start last week; that leaves Colorado with a vacancy in their rotation that will be filled Saturday, likely (per Nick Groke of the Denver Post) by one of Chad Bettis, Chris Rusin, John Lannan or Christian Bergman.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11
vs Mia
7:10pm
12
vs Mia
7:10pm
13
vs Mia
4:50pm
14
vs Col
7:10pm
15
vs Col
7:10pm
16
vs Col
6:10pm
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vs Col
1:10pm
Greinke v.
(R) Koehler
Bolsinger v.
(R) Haren
Frias v.
(R) Cosart
Anderson v.
(R) Butler
Kershaw v.
(L) De La Rosa
Greinke v.
TBD
Bolsinger v.
(R) Kendrick
SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA

Previous weeks in review

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Week 5 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Grandal 17 14 3 9 2 0 2 10 2 0/0 .643/.647/1.214 1.861
Turner 14 11 4 5 0 0 2 6 2 0/0 .455/.571/1.000 1.571
Gonzalez 27 20 4 9 4 0 1 9 5 0/0 .450/.556/.800 1.356
Pederson 28 19 8 4 0 0 3 4 9 1/0 .211/.464/.684 1.148
Guerrero 14 12 3 3 1 0 1 1 1 0/0 .250/.357/.583 .940
Kendrick 25 22 3 6 0 0 0 1 3 0/0 .273/.360/.273 .633
Ethier 20 17 3 3 0 1 0 1 3 0/0 .176/.300/.294 .594
Rollins 22 20 4 3 0 0 1 2 2 0/1 .150/.227/.300 .527
Uribe 12 10 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0/0 .200/.250/.200 .450

Heisey 7 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 0/0 .333/.714/.333 1.048
Hernandez 10 9 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 0/0 .333/.400/.444 .844
Ellis 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .167/.286/.167 .452
Van Slyke 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 18 16 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 .063/.118/.125 .243
Totals 231 188 39 50 9
1 10 38 35 1/1 .266/.384/.484 .868
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 7⅔ 2 1 0 2 7 0.00 0.522 2.11
Anderson 1 1-0 -- 5 6 1 0 1 1 0.00 1.400 3.95
Frias 1 1-0 -- 5 6 3 3 1 6 5.40 1.400 3.95
Kershaw 2 0-0 -- 13 13 8 8 4 13 5.54 1.308 2.84
Wieland 1 0-1 -- 4⅔ 6 6 6 4 2 11.57 2.143 9.79
Starters 6 3-1 -- 35 33 19 17 12 29 4.33 1.274 3.91
Baez 3 1-0 -- 3⅓ 1 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.000 1.65
Liberatore 2 0-0 -- 1⅔ 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 1.95
Nicasio 1 0-0 -- 1 0 0 0 1 3 0.00 1.000 0.15
Howell 1 0-0 -- 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 1.15
Garcia 1 0-0 -- 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000 (2.85)
Rodriguez 1 0-0 -- 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 3.15
Santos 2 0-0 -- 3 3 1 1 3 3 3.00 2.000 4.15
Coulombe 1 0-0 -- 1 1 1 1 1 0 9.00 2.000 6.15
Hatcher 1 0-1 -- 2 1 1 0 0 13.50 3.000 3.15
Relievers 6 1-1 0 12 7 3 3 6 14 2.13 1.026 2.36
Totals 6 4-2 0 48 40 22 20 18 43 3.75 1.208 3.50
*FIP is estimated