The Dodgers scored five runs on Wednesday afternoon, and they all came courtesy of players who weren’t even on the roster a week ago. With the game tied at zero in the ninth, the Dodgers were able to put runners on first and second. Will Smith, who is no stranger to heroics, crushed a three-run shot over the left-center field fence, giving the Dodgers the 3-0 lead. It was his fifth of the season, and helped give the Dodgers the 5-1 victory over the Rockies.
Can't leave Denver without putting on a show. pic.twitter.com/qfez1Phh2o— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 31, 2019
Will Smith of the @Dodgers is the first player in the modern era to have 3 of his first 5 career home runs be go-ahead homers in the 9th inning.#LABleedsBlue— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 31, 2019
Smith wasn’t the only recently-added Dodger to hit one out. Kristopher Negrón, who the Dodgers traded for days ago, hit his second homer with the club, a two-run shot that gave them the 5-0 lead.
Aside from the ninth-inning offensive showcase, it was a quiet day at the plate for the Dodgers. Prior to the ninth, the Dodgers had a total of only four hits, with three of them coming courtesy of Alex Verdugo. It was a great day at the plate for Verdugo, as he went 4-for-4.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had yet another great outing, to no surprise. He threw six innings of scoreless ball, and lowered his season ERA to 1.66. The Rockies didn’t get a lot going against Ryu, only getting three hits off him. They had a few chances to score, but they were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position against him.
Kenley Jansen came in for the save in the ninth, and needed only five pitches to get the save.
WP: Joe Kelly (5-3) 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 SO
LP: Wade Davis (1-5) 1⁄3 IP, 5 ER
SV: Kenley Jansen (26) 1 IP, 0 ER
Home runs: Will Smith (5), Kristopher Negrón (2)
The Dodgers travel home where they’ll begin a four-game series with the Padres. Clayton Kershaw will get the start tomorrow. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. PT.