Joc Pederson really brought new meaning to his Players’ Weekend nickname. The king has now gone 6-for-7 with nine RBIs in his last three games.
He hit two Joc pops in Wednesday’s contest against the Rockies, helping the Dodgers sweep their division opponent. With the 7-3 win over Colorado (and an Arizona win over SF), LA’s magic number is now at four.
Setting records.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 5, 2019
The Dodgers now have 250 home runs this season, the most ever for a National League team. pic.twitter.com/OvmYV4phgs
The boys in blue were quite successful against Rockies right hander, Antonio Senzatela, dinging him for five runs in the first three innings. Joc hit a solo homer in the first to give the team a 1-0 lead and the rest of the runs were scored from rally in the third. After Chris Taylor got a leadoff hit, the next five batters reached base to score a total of four runs to make the score 5-0.
Senzatela didn’t return after this, handing the game off to the bullpen. They allowed Joc Pederson his second homer before holding the Dodgers to four scoreless innings.
On the Dodgers side of pitching, Hyun-Jin Ryu got the nod and looks like he’s going through a bit of a rough patch. In the series finale, Ryu pitched 4 1⁄3 innings and allowed three runs to score from six his and a season high of four walks. The fourth was where he struggled the most, surrendering a pair of runs while throwing 30 pitches in the inning.
Over his last three starts, he hasn’t made it out of the fifth inning. In this time span, he’s allowed a total of 17 runs in 13 1⁄3 combined innings. These past few outings have put his ERA in the mid-2 range (2.45). Despite the fact that Ryu didn’t have his greatest outing, he was able to hold down the Rockies enough for the Dodgers to cruise past a win.
#Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu over his past 4 starts -- 9.95 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, .360 BA against.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 5, 2019
Season ERA is now 2.45, highest it has been since his May 7 start.
Adam Kolarek was credited with the win since Ryu only made it through one out in the fourth inning.
WP: Adam Kolarek (6-3), 2⁄3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
LP: Antonio Senzatela (8-10), 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Home runs: Joc Pederson 2 (32)
The Dodgers will have their first day off after a couple weeks before they open up a weekend series against the rival San Francisco Giants. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound against Jeff Samardzija on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.