Los Angeles, CA – After a horrible previously played series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in which they almost got swept, the Los Angeles Dodgers come back home and sweep the Colorado Rockies. With last night’s 7-3 win, the Dodgers new magic number to win the NL West is four. When they clinch the NL West, it will be for the seventh season in a row.
The game began great for the Dodgers, who in the first inning got on the scoreboard via a home run from Joc Pederson. Pederson started the game after being given a day off due to an abdominal injury he sustained in the first game of the series when he ran into the right field wall. Just like the first game of the series, Pederson smashed two home runs on the last game. The first came in the 1st inning making the score 1-0. The second came in the 4th inning to make the score 7-2. With his two home runs in the game, he extends his career high to 32 homers hit in a season.
It was in the 3rd inning where the Dodgers were able to open up the game by scoring four runs. It all began with a Chris Taylor single to right field. Then being moved to second base with a Hyun-Jin Ryu sacrifice bunt. Pederson would be walked to have runners on first and second. Corey Seager walked up to bat with one out and hit an RBI single to right field that would score Taylor and move Pederson all the way to third base. Justin Turner would also be awarded an RBI after he grounded into fielder’s choice to third and Pederson scored, with Seager moving to second. Another small ball RBI was produced by Cody Bellinger when he singled to right center that would score Seager and move Turner to third. With the final run coming in with a Matt Beaty ground out to third, which allowed Turner to sprint home for a run and make the score 5-0.
Even though the Dodgers had the lead throughout the game, Ryu (12-5, 2.45 ERA) was not awarded the win due to only pitching 4.1 innings. It was another sluggish start for Ryu where he threw 93 pitches and allowed six hits, three earned runs, giving up four walks and striking out five batters. He has not been able to get a decision in his past four games and his ERA has shot up to 2.45 with the three runs he gave up.
The Dodger will start a new series against rivals San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The three-game series will take place at Dodger Stadium with the first game due to start at 7:10 PM PT. The Dodgers will have Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.89 ERA) start the series. He will go up against Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 3.61 ERA).