The Dodgers followed up their balk-off loss with a 12-1 cruise control win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers put the game away early as they scored five runs in the first inning. Clayton Kershaw pitched a very good seven innings for his sixth win of the season.
Kershaw gave up one run and four hits in his seven innings of work. Kershaw allowed one walk and struck out seven.
Daniel Hudson and Zac Rosscup each pitched a scoreless inning to finish up the game. Rosscup did it in the rarest way, an immaculate inning, 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 strikeouts.
Nine pitches, nine strikes. Zac Rosscup was immaculate. pic.twitter.com/v8lgHXYnuv— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 20, 2018
Dodger reliever Zac Rosscup's immaculate inning was the 93rd in Major League history. He became the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Kenley Jansen on 5/18/17.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 20, 2018
In that first inning, the Dodgers did their damage on five singles and two walks. With the bases loaded and one out, Cody Bellinger continued his hot August with a two-run single. Kiké Hernández followed that with a single that scored a run to make it 3-0.
Later with two outs and runners on second and third, Yasiel Puig took an outside pitch and pushed it into right field to bring home both runners. Puig would later steal two bases but did not score as Brian Dozier flew out to end the inning.
After a tough 44-pitch first inning, Mariner starter Roenis Elias pitched two more innings before exiting. Elias gave up five runs and seven hits in his second start of the season.
The Dodgers put up a picket fence from the fourth through seventh innings, scoring a single run each time.
In the fourth inning, both teams scored a run. The Dodgers got their run on a bases loaded walk to Hernández. The Dodgers might have really opened up the game but Mitch Hanigar made a nice play to rob Chris Taylor of a run-scoring extra base hit.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Kyle Seager hit a ground-rule double down the right field line and then Ryan Healy drove him with a single.
In the fifth inning, a two-out walk to Brian Dozier resulted in the seventh run for the Dodgers. Dozier stole second and then scored as Justin Turner’s pop fly dropped onto short right field.
Kiké Hernández scored the run in the sixth inning when he hit a solo home run to left field. In the seventh inning, Justin Turner singled home Austin Barnes to make it 9-1.
The Mariners brought in utility player Andrew Romine to pitch the ninth inning. Romine gave up a three-run homer to red hot Turner and that made the final score 12-1.
The Dodgers head back to Los Angeles to take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time this season. Alex Wood (7-6, 3.51 ERA) takes the mound against rookie southpaw Austin Gomber (3-0, 2.89 ERA). First pitch will be a 7:10 p.m. PDT.
Home runs: Kiké Hernández (18), Justin Turner (9)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (6-5): 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts
LP - Roenis Elias (2-1): 3 IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks