Another day, another Dodgers win. Today’s 11-7 victory is courtesy of 12 hits and eight walks.
Corey Seager started off the scoring for the Dodgers, hitting a home run off of right-handed pitcher Chris Archer. This is his fifth homer of the season.
The Pirates quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second, courtesy of a two-run bomb by Bryan Reynolds.
The Bucs’ one-run lead would last until the fifth inning. Max Muncy drew a 12-pitch walk led off the rally. Matt Beaty hit a bases-loaded single to drive in two runs, which put them back on top. Seager followed that with a forceout to score the runner at third for his second RBI of the game.
Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda gave up his second home run of the game when Adam Frazier hit one off of him in the fifth to chip the Dodgers’ lead to one.
This takes us to the top of the sixth, which had 11 Dodgers come up to the plate and Pirates pitchers throwing 47 pitches. Joc Pederson collected two RBIs in this inning, each in a separate at-bat.
Pirates reliever Montana DuRapau didn’t find this inning fun, only getting one out before being pulled. DuRapau allowed six of seven batters faced to reach base, allowing two to reach home plate before he was replaced. Hitting Kiké Hernández with the bases loaded was the last straw for him, yielding Dovydas Neverauskas (who has quite a name and quite an ERA at 18.90) to finish off the inning. Unfortunately for him, he hit Austin Barnes to score another run (charged to DuRapau).
Once the Pirates finally got out of the top half of the sixth, they came back to cut the lead. Alex Verdugo pinch-hit for Maeda, leaving the rest of the game to the bullpen. Caleb Ferguson was the first reliever up to the mound and he wouldn’t have such a hot outing. Ferguson allowed three runs to score from four hits and a walk to put the Pirates within four runs by the end of the sixth.
Pedro Báez came in to pitch for the first time since he was hit on his right knee by a comebacker, tossing a scoreless inning. Yimi García followed Báez’s scoreless inning with one of his own, to hold the Pirates down a little longer.
Each team would score one more in the remainder of the game to conclude the 3 hour and 44 minute contest.
With Sunday’s victory, the Dodgers swept the Pirates in the season series, six games to none. The Bums are now 17 games over .500. and have the best record in all of the National League.
Notable Dodgers Performances
Justin Turner had the first five-hit game of his career, also reaching base a career-high six times. Though he didn’t collect any RBIs, he would score three of the Dodgers’ 11 runs.
Matt Beaty, who hadn’t snagged an RBI since May 4, went 2-for-6 on Sunday, driving in four runs.
WP: Kenta Maeda (6-2), 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
LP: Chris Archer (1-5), 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Home runs: (LAD) Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, (PIT) Adam Frazier, Bryan Reynolds
The Dodgers make their way back home for a seven-game home stand. Their first opponent is the New York Mets in a four-game set.