On August 1, 2016 the Dodgers were 2 games behind the Giants, and on a flight to Denver, Colorado. They had won their previous series against the Diamondbacks the day before, and were preparing to play the Rockies. They turned to Brandon McCarthy, who was making his 2nd start of the year. In the game, McCarthy lasted only 3 innings and allowed 3 runs. The Dodgers lost game 2 by a score of 12-2, but won game 3 by a score of 4-2.
After losing the series to the Rockies, the Dodgers traveled home to face the Boston Red Sox. Before game 1, the Dodgers honored David Ortiz or “Big Papi” as he is more commonly known.
They lost game 1 against Steven Wright because they were unable to hit his knuckle ball, the final score was 9-0. They won the next 2 games, with scores of 3-0 and 8-5. David Ortiz did not hit any home runs during the series.
The Phillies came to town and Chase Utley faced his former team for the first time. The Dodgers won game 1 by a score of 4-9, with Corey Seager contributing with 2 home runs. They won game 2 by a score of 7-2, with Howie Kendrick playing very well on his bobble head night. The Giants lost to the Marlins and the Dodgers moved into 1st place in the NL West. The Dodgers lost game 3 by a score of 6-2, and the Giants won that night, putting the Dodgers back into 2nd place.
The Dodgers were given a rare off day before the Pirates came to town. They dropped the first game by a score of 5-1, with Andrew McCutchen playing very well. The Giants lost that night too, so the Dodgers stayed ½ game behind. The Pirates handed the Dodgers game 2, stranding 18 runners on base, the finals score was 8-4. The Pirates crushed the Dodgers 11-3 in the final game of the series, leaving them in 2nd place.
After a day to travel to Philadelphia, the Dodgers prepared to battle the Phillies. Chase Utley returned to play against his former team in Philadelphia. The fans were continuously applauding Utley throughout the game, and asked for 3 curtain calls, all in the same night.
The Dodgers won the game 15-5, and moved back into first place. The Dodgers won game 2 of the series 7-2, but dropped game 3 by a score of 4-5.
They then traveled to Cincinnati to face the Reds. They lost game 1 by a score of 2-9 and game 2 by a final score of 1-11, the Giants lost too and the Dodgers remained 1 game on top. The Dodgers won game 3 by a score of 4-0, with Julio Urias pitching 6 shutout innings on his birthday The Dodgers won game 4 of the series 18-9, Adrian Gonzalez hit 3 homers, Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin both hit their first major league homers, and Corey Seager broke the Dodgers record for home runs by a shortstop with his 22nd of the season.
The Dodgers came back to LA for what would be one of the most important series’ of the year. The Giants came to town and the Dodgers sent out Kenta Maeda to face off against Madison Bumgarner. Corey Seager went 3-4 as the Dodgers handed the Giants a 5-9 loss. The Dodgers won the second game 0-1 with a Justin Turner home run being the difference in that game. In game 3, Matt Moore was 1 out away from no-hitting the Dodgers when Corey Seager hit a single to right field. The Giants won the game 4-0.
The Cubs came to town and Kris Bryant showed the Dodgers that the Cubs don’t give up. Kenley Jansen blew his 6th save of the year when Carlos Ruiz was unable to catch a pitch that missed its target in the 9th inning. Bryant then hit a 2 run home run in the 10th inning and the Cubs took game 1 by a score of 6-4. The Dodgers took the second game 2-3 and Kenley Jansen got the save. The Dodgers then won game 3 when Corey Seager’s heads-up base running allowed Andrew Toles to score the go-ahead run, the final score was 0-1.
The Dodgers then traveled to Colorado and lost the first game 1-8. Their second game was postponed due to rain and rescheduled to be part of a doubled-header the next game. They lost the first game of the day 0-7, but won the night game 10-8. Andrew Toles hit a go-ahead grand slam in the 9th inning with 2 outs, capping a 6 run come from behind rally. The Dodgers are now 1.5 games ahead of the Giants.
More important occurrences:
- The Dodgers acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the A’s at the trade deadline.
- Clayton Kershaw was transferred to the 60 day DL with a mild herniate disk in his back.
- Corey Seager set a new franchise record for home runs by a shortstop.
- Andre Ethier began his rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
- The Dodgers traded A.J. Ellis to the Phillies for Carlos Ruiz.
- Clayton Kershaw threw a simulated game and is expected to begin his minor league assignment soon.
- The Dodgers battled with the Giants during the whole month and are currently sitting on a 1.5 game lead.