LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers finished a much-needed successful homestand with a 14-0 win over the Padres. After losing on Friday, the Dodgers won easily over the Padres on Saturday and Sunday, That along with the three-game sweep over the Rockies meant a 5-1 week.
Hyun-jin Ryu was brilliant on the mound, pitching six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and struck out eight. Ryu also singled three times and scored twice.
Ryu has to share the honors with Matt Kemp. Kemp turned 34 today and he celebrated that with three hits. He was a triple short of the cycle. His second inning solo home run came a batter after Manny Machado hit his second home run in as many days.
Austin Barnes hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and that was just a start of what would be a six-run inning. Kemp, who had doubled to start that inning, singled in the last two runs in that inning.
Prior to the game, manager Dave Roberts was asked about another all right-handed lineup against a left-handed starter. Roberts felt good about his lineup, thinking that they would be able to execute today.
“I feel the plan against [Joey Lucchesi], fastball, change up. I think that guys will take a walk, guys will stay in the strike zone. I like our lineup and I like also the way if they do go to a right-hander we can counter with anything they can do.”
The Dodgers would add two runs in the fifth and then four more in the seventh to make it fourteen runs on Sunday.
Chase Utley received three standing ovations on his final regular season home game appearance in his career.
A standing ovation for Chase Utley in his final regular-season home game. pic.twitter.com/VpkwRe8F2U— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 23, 2018
Ryu had one other game with three hits, it was on April 13, 2013 at Arizona. He was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Ryu also matched his career high with two runs scored.
With three home runs, the Dodgers now have 27 games with three or more home runs. They lead the National League and the 2018 season is now second in Los Angeles Dodger history. Only the 2017 Dodgers with 30 games with 3 or more home runs.
The Dodgers finished the 2018 regular season with 3,809,064 tickets sold. That is their second highest total in franchise history and it is the eighth highest in National League history.
Julio Urias made his first appearance at Dodger Stadium in over a year and he was impressive. He retired the first four batters he faced, striking out the side in the eighth. After giving up a single, Urias got the next two men out, the last one by a swinging strikeout.
Julio Urias just struck out the side in his first inning at Dodger Stadium since May 2017. His last pitch was 97. Whoa.— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) September 23, 2018
The Dodgers go out on their final regular season road trip with a three-game series beginning on Monday at Arizona. Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.45) takes the mound against Robbie Ray (6-2 3.92) with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 p.m. PDT.
Home Runs: Manny Machado (37), Matt Kemp (21), Austin Barnes (3)
WP: Hyun-jin Ryu (6-3): 6 IP, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts
LP: Joey Lucchesi (8-9): 3⅔ IP, 7 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts