Guys. GUYS. LOOK AT THIS BATFLIP.
…right. Recap. After I watch the batflip about 10 dozen more times. The Dodgers closed out a series win against the Reds with a 2-1 victory.
The entirety of the Dodger offense was supplied by back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. The Dodgers couldn’t do much against Anthony DeSclafani until the fifth inning. However, Joc Pederson hit a homer to left-center field (a very good sign to see him go the opposite way). Zack Greinke followed by hitting the ball to almost the same place:
Bat flip! That was the difference in today’s game. Overall, DeSclafani pitched six innings, allowing the two runs. He struck out six batters and walked two.
Oh, and Greinke pitched pretty well today, too. He allowed one run in seven innings pitched. He struck out eight batters and walked just one. It was another very hot day at Dodger Stadium, so it was very impressive that Greinke limited the damage to the extent that he did. Pederson helped him out with a great running catch in the first inning, as well. With the batting value and of course the fantastic 1.58 ERA, it might be time to start thinking about Zack Greinke as a viable MVP candidate.
The Dodger bullpen had another good day, though Greinke going deep into the game certainly helped. Pedro Baez retired both batters he faced in the eighth (and it was good to see him pitch in a higher-leverage situation). J.P. Howell was brought in to face Joey Votto, who was approximately 20-for-20 this series. Howell ended up walking Votto, before Kenley Jansen, pitching on the day of his son’s birth, was brought in for a four-out save. Jansen struck out Todd Frazier to end the eighth before pitching a perfect ninth to secure the victory.
Tomorrow is an off-day, then the Dodgers head up to Oakland for a two game series against the A’s, which Clayton Kershaw will begin. Since there won’t be any other Dodger baseball tomorrow, it gives you plenty of time to watch the batflip over and over and over again.