Dodgers 10, Giants 2: Shohei Ohtani leads offensive explosion of 9 XBH in blowout win

After a tight extra-inning battle yesterday, the Dodgers thankfully put together a nice and pleasant win over the rival Giants for a follow-up. After a quiet start, the Dodgers jumped out to a lead just before the midway point and then piled on as the game went on. On the other side, the Dodgers rode Gavin Stone‘s zeroes to cruise towards a 10-2 victory.


Against Keaton Winn, the offense started on shaky ground. They stranded a three-base error with two outs in the 1st, and then hit into a hilarious double play with one out after James Outman walked, stole second, and advanced to third on an error.

A bit of “here we go again” settled in at that point.

Thankfully that changed quickly in the 4th. Shohei Ohtani led the inning off by taking a hanging slider and annihilating it for his 12th homer of the year to make it 1-0.

That was promptly followed by back-to-back walks from Freddie Freeman and Will Smith, then Teoscar Hernandez doubled the lead with a double to center.

After a Max Muncy sacrifice fly plated another run, Gavin Lux made it 4-0 thanks to a triple into the gap that made a heckler sad.

They continued to add on in the 5th, as Mookie Betts and Ohtani both singled to start, which led to Winn leaving with a trainer. Smith then cashed in a run with a single of his own to make it 5-0.

As all this was going on, Stone was on the other side, continuing his breakout season. The first batter he faced hit a ground-rule double, but that runner didn’t move as he navigated out of the inning. He followed with a clean 2nd, then worked around a couple singles with one out in the 3rd as well to keep the zero intact.

He faced the minimum in the 4th after a walk was erased by a nicely turned double play from Lux, and continued his Houdini act in the 5th by working around a walk and single with one out.

That run came to a halt in the 6th, as a walk, a couple wild pitches, and then a Heliot Ramos single broke up the shutout to make it 5-1.

That would be the end of the road for Stone, whose line is probably better than he pitched, but he continued to be effective: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 90 Pitches.

The run itself didn’t matter, as the Dodgers didn’t take much time to get it back. After a quiet 6th, they started the 7th with a Mookie triple off the wall in right and an Ohtani double down the line in left to make it 6-1 again (though he did end up stranded there).

Out of the pen was J.P. Feyereisen, who was going back-to-back for the first time this season, and all he did was get the side in order on 11 pitches. Gus Varland followed, allowing a one-out double and two-out walk, but otherwise getting a scoreless frame.

While the offense didn’t do anything in the 8th, they added insurance in the 9th behind the power duo of Outman and Miguel Rojas, who had back-to-back doubles to change places. That sorta opened the floodgates, as after Ohtani grounded out, Freddie singled for another run, then Dills doubled off a glove in the gap, and Teoscar followed with a triple to plate two more. 10-1.

Nabil Crismatt then entered in the 9th to finish the game out, starting off by giving up a fan interference double and a single that plated a consolation run. After another single, things looked potentially annoying, but a double play followed, and a strikeout ended any rally thoughts and the game at 10-2.

Good start to the series to say the least.


The heckler was sorta cooking here.

A gift for a certain audience.


29-15, 107-win pace with no NL West team even .500.

The Dodgers will be going for a sweep tomorrow, but it’ll be a tough one as the pen will matchup against Giants ace Logan Webb. It’ll start at the same time of 3:45 PM HT/6:45 PM PT/9:45 PM ET.

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