Well, that game felt pretty good. After two games of continued struggles against the Giants, the Dodgers reversed their fortunes against their rivals in a big way on national television, winning 10-2.
The Dodgers got to Tim Lincecum early and often tonight. Lincecum has been beating his peripherals all year and it finally caught up to him. He faced twelve batters and only retired four of them (one of whom was sacrifice bunting) and was chased after allowing five runs. Lincecum’s ERA increased by more than half a run during a single game in late June. He just didn’t have any command tonight and the Dodgers took advantage of it.
The Dodgers weren’t done, though. Yusmeiro Petit was put on mop-up duty, and he allowed five runs of his own. The rumors of the Dodger offense’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
Overall, Yasmani Grandal led the way with two home runs, including a shot 3/4 of the way up the right field pavilion. After tonight’s game, he’s hitting .276/.386/.494, good for a 150 wRC+, and he’s still one of the best pitch framers in baseball. The breakout that seemed so possible before the Dodgers traded for him is actually here.
Justin Turner added a home run of his own, his third of the series. He’s now hitting .333/.401/.579 this year, which gives him a 176 wRC+. His BABIP has regressed a bit, but he’s replaced it with a lot more power: His .245 ISO is essentially tied with Josh Donaldson and Miguel Cabrera. Hopefully this weekend means fewer benchings so Alberto Callaspo can play.
Even Jimmy Rollins got into the act tonight, getting three hits, including a double. Adrian Gonzalez looked pretty good at the plate as well, launching his twelfth homer of the season against Petit. Yasiel Puig, between the ESPN broadcasters criticizing him for playing too hard and not playing hard enough, had two hits and a walk.
The only negative part of tonight’s game was the potential question about Brett Anderson‘s health. In the first inning, he was struck on the ankle by a Matt Duffy comebacker. Duffy was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a double. Anderson did look a bit uncomfortable fielding balls later in the game, but he stayed in to pitch six innings. Given the limping, he probably should have been removed earlier. The ankle would probably be a minor concern for most, but considering Anderson’s health history and the Dodgers’ dearth of starting depth, it’s a bit scary.
The Dodgers leave the series with the Giants in first place by a game and a half. They’ll fly out to Chicago to start a four game series at Wrigley Field tomorrow night. Clayton Kershaw faces Tsuyoshi Wada at 5:05PM PDT.