After a win yesterday against the Braves, the Dodgers were looking to take the series tonight and they managed to do exactly that behind Justin Turner‘s patented explosion after April and Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s continued brilliance in a 9-0 victory.
The star of the night was undoubtedly Ryu, who has cemented himself as the best and most reliable starter the Dodgers have in the past two seasons. That was on full display tonight as he managed to throw a Maddux, pitching a shutout and taking just 93 pitches to do it.
Ryu continued his control trend by walking none, and he allowed just three singles and a double on the night while striking out six Braves. Ryu lowered his ERA to 2.03 with the outing.
Ryu also CRUSHED a single.
On the other side of things, it was Turner who carried the offense as he continued his career trend of getting hot after April. JT went 4-for-5 tonight with solo dongs in the 1st and 5th innings, as well as an RBI single in the 2nd and a three-run dong in the 8th frame.
Two others runs for the Dodgers came in during the 2nd on a Muncy single that deflected off the glove of a shifted Dansby Swanson for two runs. They also tacked on an insurance run in the 8th via an Enrique Hernandez sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
Not that they really needed any insurance with the way Ryu was rolling, but this was as quality a win as they’ve had all year.
The Dodgers are now 24-14 on the year (a 102-win pace) and a remarkable 14-4 at home. The victory gives them a 2.5-game cushion over the Diamondbacks in the NL West.
The Boys In Blue with go for the series sweep tomorrow at 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST, and they should hypothetically have the advantage with Clayton Kershaw taking the bump opposite Mike Foltynewicz.