Sunday’s late night game didn’t have any visible affect on the Dodgers. Their offense was wide awake in a 16-2 win over the Phillies on Monday evening.
Cody Bellinger’s performance highlighted the night, leading the team in hits. He went 4-for-6 with two home runs and four runs scored. His two homers were enough to put him on top of the MLB home run leaderboard with 33 dingers, passing Christian Yelich’s 32.
CODY BELLINGER MLB HOME RUN LEADER!— True Blue LA (@truebluela) July 16, 2019
Number 3️⃣3️⃣ gives the #Dodgers an 8-1 lead! pic.twitter.com/58Xp9l0aZz
Alex Verdugo and Max Muncy joined in on Bellinger’s home run fun, each with one on Monday.
The Dodgers exploded in a fourth inning rally. Six hits, a walk, an RBI bunt single, stolen bases and bad Phillies defense ultimately brought home six Dodgers runs. A Joc Pederson-Austin Barnes double steal of second base and home plate was the cherry on top of an exciting inning.
Austin Barnes tonight is the first Dodgers catcher to steal home since Paul Lo Duca on June 24, 2004.— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) July 16, 2019
Lo Duca and Juan Encarnacion successfully pulled off the double steal against Brett Tomko and A.J. Pierzynksi in the 4th inninghttps://t.co/FEFrJGon0V
All eight Dodgers starting position players got at least a hit, a run scored and an RBI ... talk about a deep lineup! Seven of the eight had a multi hit night (Justin Turner had one hit), combining for 19 total. Cody Bellinger was responsible for four of these 19 and Alex Verdugo came in at second with three hits himself.
Not only was the offense on fire, but Clayton Kershaw got the job done on the mound as well. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits and two walks to score just one run. Kershaw also struck out seven batters to earn his eighth win of the season.
Yimi García came out and pitched a one-hit inning to hold the score. Casey Sadler made his Dodgers debut in the 8th inning, and allowed the first two batters on base. The leading runner eventually scored, giving the Phillies their second and final run of the night. He was otherwise decent, allowing just one more base runner before finishing the night for LA.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (8-2), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K
LP: Zach Eflin (7-9), 6.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Home runs: Cody Bellinger 2 (33), Max Muncy (24), Alex Verdugo (11), Scott Kingery (12)
The Dodgers look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday, sending Walker Buehler to the mound to face Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PDT.