In front on a sellout-crowd of 54,000, the Dodgers put together a mini home-run derby on Friday night. Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Enrique Hernandez all went yard, as the Dodgers took game one of their series against the Phillies, 6-3.
They got things started in the bottom of the third. After a Joc Pederson single, Max Muncy stepped up to the plate. Playing in his 100th career game at Dodger Stadium, Muncy hit his 12th homer of the season, giving LA the 2-0 lead, and giving us an amazing bat-flip in the process.
You can do it put your bat into it. pic.twitter.com/w9XslKM8Lu— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 1, 2019
The Phillies added one in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game at two a piece. These would be the only two runs Kenta Maeda allowed on the night, as he capped an impressive month of May. After a 4.41 ERA through March and April, Maeda’s ERA for May was 2.73. On the night, he threw six innings while striking out six and allowing zero walks.
It wasn’t long that the game was tied, as LA reclaimed the lead with a three-run fifth. It all started with Pederson, who nearly sent one out of Dodger Stadium, as his 17th homer of the year gave the Dodgers the lead.
Muncy followed the homer with a single, bringing up Seager to the plate. On a 1-2 count, Seager hit a 91-mph sinker over the fence. his seventh homer of the year.
It looked as if that would be all the homers for LA on the night. Hernandez had other ideas, though. He joined in on the fun, as his solo shot in the bottom of the eighth gave the Dodgers the 6-2 lead.
Philadelphia didn’t go down without a fight, as they added a run in the ninth and forced the Dodgers to turn to Kenley Jansen. Coming in for a one-out save, he struck out Andrew Knapp to end the game, and sent the Dodgers into the month of June 20 games over .500.
WP: Kenta Maeda (7-2) 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 SO, 0 BB
LP: Jake Arrieta (5-5) 5 IP, 5 ER, 10 H
SV: Kenley Jansen (17) 1⁄3 IP, 1 SO
The Dodgers will look to pick up the series win on Saturday night, as they’ll send Clayton Kershaw to the mound. Arrive early, as the Dodgers Alumni Game begins at 5 p.m. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. PT.