Andrew Toles hit a three-run home run on Sunday afternoon, providing the runs that the Dodgers needed to beat the Phillies 5-3. Hyun-Jin Ryu got his first win since August of 2014, pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts.
Ryu’s only trouble came in the first inning when Dodgers’ right fielder Yasiel Puig mis-played a fly ball by César Hernández in the first inning. Puig was unable to catch the ball and Hernandez was able to go to third on the play. The official scorer ruled it a triple not an error, that was good for Puig, but bad for Ryu. Freddy Galivs brough Hernánndez home with a single.
Ryu got out of the inning without any further damage and went on to pitch a total of 6.1 innings with only one run allowed on three hits. Ryu struck out a season-high nine batters on Sunday and picked up his first win in 971 days.
In the bottom of the first, Justin Turner came to the plate against Nick Pivetta, who was struggling in his first inning in the Major Leagues. The Dodgers had runners on the corners with no outs and Turner had a 2-2 count. Pivetta threw a slider away to Turner, who hit it to left field for a game-tying single. The hit extended Turner’s hitting streak to sixteen games.
The Dodgers added another run in the second inning on a Chris Taylor solo home run. Pivetta had a 1-2 count on Taylor with one out and the bases empty. He threw a slider away, almost the same pitch that he threw Turner in the first, and Taylor got the barrel on the ball. The heat of the afternoon carried the ball over the wall in left-center field for a home run. The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead.
Andrew Toles added to the Dodgers’ lead in the sixth inning, providing what turned out to be the runs that the Dodgers needed to win. The Dodgers had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Phillies’ reliever Jeanmar Gómez. Toles was ahead in the count 2-0 when Gómez threw a down and away. Toles got the barrel on the ball and pulled it to right field. Once again, the afternoon heat carried the ball over the wall and the Dodgers took a 5-1 lead. It was Toles’ second home run in as many days.
Grant Dayton entered the game in the ninth inning to record the final three outs with a 5-1 lead. He recorded the first two outs without any trouble, then he gave up a single to Cameron Rupp. The next batter was Odubel Herrera, who hit the first pitch over the wall in right-center field for a two-run home run. The Phillies had cut the Dodgers’ lead in half and Dave Roberts went out to the mound to make a pitching change.
Kenley Jansen had been warming up in the bullpen just in case he was needed, and it turned out he was. He entered with a two-run lead to work with and one out to record. He was facing César Hernández, who had led off the game with a triple. Jansen needed only three pitches to strike him out looking and the Dodgers swept the Phillies.
Keys To The Game:
A Pitcher Who Doesn’t Give Up:
Hyun-Jin Ryu got off to a rough start when Yasiel Puig misplayed a fly ball by César Hernández. The next two Phillies batters reached base, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, but Ryu dug in and worked harder. He retired the next eight batters he faced, striking out four of those eight. His work paid off as he won his first game in 971 days.
A Leadoff Slugger:
Andrew Toles is not your typical leadoff hitter. If you ask him, like Kelly Tennant with SportsNet LA did, you would say that he does not consider himself a leadoff hitter, just a hitter batting first in the lineup. He does have speed, something that leadoff hitters generally have, but he also has power. On Saturday, he hit a leadoff home run on the second pitch of the game and on Sunday he hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
Justin Turner went 3-4 on Sunday, but he also aided the Dodgers with his glove. In the seventh inning, he used his fantastic reflexes to grab a groundball and throw out Tommy Joseph, stopping what could have turned into a rally for the Phillies. He also used his bat, extending his hitting streak to sixteen games on Sunday.
The Phillies leave town and the Giants come in on Monday to open a three-game series between the rivals. Game one will be a lot of fun to watch, with Clayton Kershaw battling against Johnny Cueto. Kershaw is trying to extend a four-game winning streak for the Dodgers, and his personal three-game winning streak. Cueto will try to snap a two-game skid by the Giants. The game starts at 7:10 pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.