Dodgers 9, Dbacks 5: Much-needed offense showed up

It’s always great when Matt Kemp hits a home run, and he did so in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 9-5 win on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

The game was never really in doubt, as the dodgers used a 6-run fourth inning to blow the game open. Five Dodgers had two or more hits, including Kemp’s 2-for-4 and Justin Turner‘s 2-for-4 and 2 RBIs. The offense needed to show up because Roberto Hernandez took the hill and was shaky. He still turned in a quality start (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), but that’s pretty much how all his starts are going to be. I think Daniel put it best:

The bullpen allowed two runs (one charged to Brandon League, one to Pedro Baez), but the Dbacks never really had a good look at the game — or, you know, the usual.

Unfortunately, the Rockies were thoroughly dominated by Madison Bumgarner (1-hitter, 13 strikeouts), so the Dodgers (75-58) couldn’t add to their 5-game NL West lead. Clayton Kershaw (15-3, 1.82 ERA) takes on Wade Miley (7-9, 4.29) on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Pacific time.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.