Taylor Ignites Offense With Grand Slam; Wood Strikes Out 11

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Chris Taylor went 3-4, with three runs scored, four RBI’s, and a Grand Slam in the first inning, leading the Dodgers to a 12-1 victory over the Pirates at Dodger Stadium. Alex Wood responded well to the support, pitching five shutout innings in which he allowed only two hits while striking out eleven.

 
 Pirates 1 
 Dodgers 12  15 

Before the game, the Dodgers put right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with a dislocated left (non-pitching) shoulder. The injury occurred during a weight room incident. The Dodgers called up Adam Liberatore, who pitched an inning on Monday night.

Alex Wood got the start in the place of McCarthy, and he did not let the team down. He made 88 pitches, 60 for strikes and walked only one batter. The Pirates hit a lot of foul balls, raising his pitch count, so he was unable to go past the fifth inning. In the fifth inning, he got into a jam after an error by Kiké Hernández (who had just entered the game at shortstop) followed by a single. Once again, Wood responded well and struck out the next three batters he faced.

The Dodgers loaded the bases early against Pirates’ starter Trevor Williams, who was charged with eight runs (six earned) over three innings. Joc Pederson was the batter with one out and he hit a single to right field, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The next batter, Chris Taylor, hit a slider just over the wall in left-center field for a Grand Slam, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead in the first. Later in the frame, Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run deep in the left field pavilion, capping a 6 run inning for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers continued to tack on runs on RBI doubles by Yasmani Grandal in the third, Pederson in the fourth, and Hernández in the seventh. Justin Turner hit an RBI single in the fourth.

Keys To The Game:

Picking The Team Up:

After the Dodgers put Brandon McCarthy on the DL, it was up to Alex Wood to pick the team up after the disappointment of losing McCarthy. Other than his pitch count, Wood looked like he was the ace of the staff. The Pirates continued to foul pitches off, raising his pitch count, and leading Dave Roberts to decide to remove Wood after five innings.

An Underrated Star:

Chris Taylor has gone almost completely under the radar this year, especially after the Dodgers promoted Cody Bellinger. What people do not realize is that Taylor is currently hitting .395 with twelve RBI’s in sixteen games. On Monday night, he contributed with a Grand Slam that got the Dodgers offense going. His defense isn’t bad either, he has made only two errors (both at second base).

Up Next:

Iván Nova will take the mound for the Pirates on Tuesday night and Julio Urías will take the mound for the Dodgers. Urías is still looking for his first win despite going 10 2/3 innings with only one run allowed. He has surprisingly walked eight batters this year. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.

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