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Dodgers Week 8: What a Turner round

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The Dodgers got Justin Turner back last week and had just their second winning streak of the season, including matching their season-best four-game winning streak. Coincidence? Perhaps, but Turner made an impact at the plate and saw others around him produce as well.

First came the losses, with two defeats in Miami running the Dodgers’ losing skid to six games and dropped them into last place. But they turned things around with four wins to close out the week, including a game in which the bullpen needed to get 27 outs as part of their weekend sweep in Washington D.C.

Batter of the week

Yasiel Puig eight days ago started play with no home runs on the season. Now he has four, including three of them last week, when he posted an .833 slugging percentage. Honorable mention goes to Max Muncy, who drove in six runs and is now a regular, to Matt Kemp and his four doubles, and Joc Pederson and his four extra-base hits.

Pitcher of the week

Kenta Maeda has his best start as a Dodger on Thursday in Miami, pitching eight scoreless innings against the Marlins with eight strikeouts and no walks, retiring his final 17 batters faced. Ross Stripling also had a career best on Saturday with nine strikeouts against the Nationals.

Week 8 results

4-2 record
30 runs scored (5.00 per game)
17 runs allowed (2.83 per game)
.739 pythagorean record

Season to date

20-26 record
201 runs scored (4.37 per game)
189 runs allowed (4.11 per game)
.528 pythagorean record (24-22)

Miscellany

Hotter corner: Dodgers third basemen in the first 40 games of the season hit .207/.289/.371. That was before Justin Turner was activated on Tuesday, and in his first six games was 7-for-21 (.333) with a pair of doubles and tied his career high with five RBI on Thursday.

Solo efforts: The Dodgers on Sunday hit a pair of two-run home runs, first by Kike Hernandez and then by Yasiel Puig. The Hernandez home run was the club’s first home run with somebody on base since May 1, and it snapped a span of 17 consecutive solo home runs for the team, four shy of the major league record.

Two saves, one day: Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, the first Dodgers pitcher with two saves in one day since Jonathan Broxton on April 9, 2011 in San Diego.

Man of steal: Alex Wood got his first win on the mound on Sunday, but also took advantage of a deliberate delivery by Stephen Strasburg to steal second base without a throw. It was the first steal by a Dodgers pitcher in three seasons.

Transactions

Tuesday: Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were both activated off the disabled list. To make room, Kyle Farmer and Tim Locastro were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Friday: Relief pitcher Erik Goeddel was claimed off waivers from the Mariners, and pitcher Henry Owens was designated for assignment.

Saturday: Tony Cingrani was activated from the disabled list and Adam Liberatore was optioned.

Saturday: Goeddel was activated in between games of the doubleheader, and Pat Venditte was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers also added Yimi Garcia as the 26th man for the nightcap of the twinbill.

Sunday: Rich Hill was placed on the DL with a blister on his middle finger, and Venditte was recalled from Triple-A. Garcia was sent back to Oklahoma City.

Game results

Tuesday: Marlins 4, Dodgers 2

Wednesday: Marlins 6, Dodgers 5

Thursday: Dodgers 7, Marlins 0

Saturday: Dodgers 4, Nationals 1 (Game 1)

Saturday: Dodgers 5, Nationals 4 (Game 2)

Sunday: Dodgers 7, Nationals 2

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Christian Friedrich gauntlet, returning home to host the Rockies for three and the Padres for three. It will be the first time the Dodgers play Colorado all season, and the first time San Diego plays this year at Dodger Stadium. The rotation Tuesday and Wednesday for the Dodgers, as well as the weekend series, are educated guesses.

Week 9 schedule

Mon, May 21 Tue, May 22 Wed, May 23 Thu, May 24 Fri, May 25 Sat, May 26 Sun, May 27
Mon, May 21 Tue, May 22 Wed, May 23 Thu, May 24 Fri, May 25 Sat, May 26 Sun, May 27
vs. Rockies vs. Rockies vs. Rockies Off vs. Padres vs. Padres vs. Padres
7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 1:10 p.m.
Buehler Stewart Maeda Stripling Wood Buehler
v. Marquez v. Bettis v. Freeland (L) v. Richard (L) v. Lucchesi (L) v. Lyles
SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA

Previous weeks in review: Mar. 29-Apr. 1 | Apr. 2-8 | Apr. 9-15 | Apr. 16-22 | Apr. 23-29 | Apr. 30-May 6 | May 7-13

Stats

Week 8 batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Puig 18 4 5 1 0 3 4 1 0 4 5 0 0 0 22 0.278 0.409 0.833 1.242 0.200 Puig
Muncy 14 1 4 2 0 1 6 0 0 3 4 1 0 1 19 0.286 0.421 0.643 1.064 0.300 Muncy
Kemp 17 1 6 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 18 0.353 0.389 0.588 0.977 0.429 Kemp
Taylor 18 3 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 21 0.333 0.429 0.444 0.873 0.545 Taylor
Grandal 17 4 4 0 0 2 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 19 0.235 0.263 0.588 0.851 0.200 Grandal
Turner 21 2 7 2 0 0 5 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 23 0.333 0.391 0.429 0.820 0.368 Turner
Forsythe 17 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 19 0.235 0.316 0.353 0.669 0.286 Forsythe
Bellinger 24 3 3 1 0 2 4 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 27 0.125 0.222 0.417 0.639 0.067 Bellinger
Starters 146 21 39 12 1 8 27 1 0 18 37 2 0 2 168 0.267 0.351 0.527 0.879 0.301 Starters
Pederson 17 4 5 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 18 0.294 0.333 0.588 0.922 0.333 Pederson
Barnes 10 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 12 0.300 0.417 0.300 0.717 0.375 Barnes
Hernandez 10 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 12 0.100 0.250 0.400 0.650 0.000 Hernandez
Utley 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 0.111 0.111 0.111 0.222 0.167 Utley
Bench 46 9 10 3 1 1 3 0 0 5 11 0 0 0 51 0.217 0.294 0.391 0.685 0.265 Bench
Pitchers 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 2 0 15 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Pitchers
Offense 205 30 49 15 2 9 30 2 0 23 52 2 2 2 234 0.239 0.319 0.463 0.782 0.274 Offense

Week 8 pitching

Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Maeda 1 1 1 0 8.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0.00 0.250 1.20 Maeda
Stripling 1 1 1 0 6.0 4 1 1 0 0 0 9 0 1.50 0.667 0.20 Stripling
Wood 2 2 1 1 12.0 12 4 3 1 1 0 9 0 2.25 1.083 3.03 Wood
Buehler 1 1 0 0 5.0 7 5 4 1 2 0 7 1 7.20 1.800 4.80 Buehler
Hill 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ----- ----- ----- Hill
Starters 6 6 3 1 0 31.0 25 10 8 2 3 0 33 1 2.32 0.903 2.30 Starters
Fields 3 0 0 1 3.3 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0.00 0.600 2.30 Fields
Jansen 3 0 0 2 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 0.667 0.53 Jansen
Alexander 2 0 0 2.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0.00 0.429 0.20 Alexander
Hudson 2 0 0 2.0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 2.000 4.70 Hudson
Goeddel 2 1 0 1.7 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0.00 1.800 4.40 Goeddel
Venditte 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 3.20 Venditte
Baez 2 0 1 3.0 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 3.00 1.333 8.20 Baez
Chargois 2 0 0 1.7 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 5.40 3.000 3.80 Chargois
Garcia 1 0 0 1.3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 6.75 0.750 1.70 Garcia
Cingrani 2 0 0 1.3 1 3 3 0 1 1 3 1 20.25 1.500 0.95 Cingrani
Liberatore 1 0 0 0.3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 27.00 3.000 3.20 Liberatore
Bullpen 21 0 1 1 3 21.0 16 7 7 1 9 2 21 2 3.00 1.190 3.10 Bullpen
Totals 27 6 4 2 3 52.0 41 17 15 3 12 2 54 3 2.60 1.019 2.62 Totals