With their 8-1 win on Sunday night, the Dodgers took the season series against the team that plays their home games at Minute Maid Park. LA took three of four games against em, and they could (more like should) have swept the series.
The Dodgers got things going early on as AJ Pollock connected for his 10th homer of the season. He continues his incredible season, as he’s been one of LA’s most consistent hitters throughout the year.
More offense came in the fifth inning, when they scored four The runs. Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor had back-to-back hits, putting runners on first and second. Enrique Hernandez then singled in two runs, giving LA the 3-0 lead. Mookie Betts then stepped to the plate, and you can already expect what he did next.
Yup, he went deep for his 15th home run, tying him for the National League lead.
The Dodgers added more to their cushion in the eighth thanks to Taylor, who hit a three-run dinger to give them a seven-run lead.
It was a bullpen game for the Dodgers, as multiple arms threw for LA. Brusdar Graterol got the honor of making his first career start, and he looked great. He pitched only one inning, but he struck out the side. It’s almost as if the opposition didn’t know what pitches were coming?
After Graterol’s great inning, seven different pitchers relieved him, doing a fantastic job. Josh Sborz, Victor Gonzalez, Jake McGee, Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, Caleb Ferguson and Kenley Jansen combined for eight innings of one-run ball. They allowed a combined three hits with six strikeouts and only one walk.
Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning after his disastrous appearance last night. That was really encouraging.
WP: Victor Gonzalez (3-0) 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO
LP: Zack Greinke (3-2) 5 IP, 5 ER, 3 SO
HR: AJ Pollock (10) George Springer (9) Mookie Betts (15) Chris Taylor (5)
The Dodgers travel to San Diego for a crucial three-game series with the Padres. Entering tomorrow’s game, LA will have a 2.5 game lead. With a series win by the Dodgers, they can all but put the division away. However, if the Padres take the series, it truly could be anyone’s division for the taking.
But then again, with how the new postseason format is, does it really matter?