The Dodgers had their four-game winning streak ended by the rival Giants last night, but hopefully got another one started tonight after a 10-3 thrashing, including finally getting one over against Ty Blach.
The bats got off to slow start with not much doing through three innings against Drew Pomeranz. However, they got on the board in the 4th after Justin Turner started it with a walk, Cody Bellinger followed with a single, and David Freese smashed a hanging curve for a homer that got out by the slimmest of margins to plate three runs. Good thing it went out too cause there was disaster on the bases.
In the 6th, a miracle happened as the Dodgers clowned on Cy Blach for like the first time ever. Bellinger got a one-out walk, Freese singled, and Max Muncy walked to load the bases. That set things up for the struggling Chris Taylor, who got behind 0-2 but smashed a ball to deep right for a two-run double.
Austin Barnes then followed with a double of his own to plate two more.
Later in the same inning with two down, Enrique Hernandez uncorked a homer to left for two more runs to make it six in the inning and eight for the game.
To cap the scoring off, Justin Turner finally hit his first dong of the year in the 7th to make it an even 10 runs.
Should’ve waited until May for the narrative, but helping to exorcise a demon was awful nice.
Also, Matt Beaty made his MLB debut with a single.
On the other side of things, Walker Buehler went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, but most importantly managed six strikeouts against one walk. He doesn’t look quite right yet, so it’s lucky he’s getting around eight runs of support an outing, but the curve feel and fastball command seem to be getting there.
Dylan Floro then entered a day after he gave up the big hit last night and proved why his ERA is still 0.00 by getting 1.2 scoreless with two strikeouts, including stranding an inherited runner at third with one out.
Yimi Garcia continued his unlikely turnaround with two scoreless frames to end it, which now makes it eight straight innings for him.
Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser, everybody.
The Dodgers improve to 20-12 with the victory, a 101-win pace, and will go for the series victory tomorrow at 3:45 PM HST/6:45 PM PST/9:45 PM EST with Hyun-Jin Ryu facing Madison Bumgarner.