Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a three-run shot, and Erik González hit his first homer as a Big-League as the Indians routed the Dodgers 5-12. Rich Hill pitched only four innings and allowed seven earned runs in his worst start of the year.
Rich Hill threw his worst outing of the year on Thursday afternoon. He threw 105 pitches and only 64 strikes while allowing seven earned runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikes. Hill allowed one home run, Encarnacion’s solo shot, but he struggled to get outs throughout his first three innings.
If Dodger pitching had been up to its normal standard, Josh Tomlin would have received a loss. Tomlin lasted only five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits with two walks. Tomlin allowed Cody Bellinger to hit his 18th home run of the year and also gave up a two-run homer to Chris Taylor.
The Indians took all of three batters to show Hill that they were in control. Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff single then Daniel Robertson singled, sending Lindor to third. This brought up Jose Ramírez, who hit a 1-1 pitch into center field. Lindor scored to give the Indians a 1-0 lead and Ramírez advanced to second base on the throw. Hill then hit Encarnacion with a pitch, loading the bases before he recorded two outs.Of course, just when it looked like Hill would get out of the inning without any more damage, he walked
Of course, just when it looked like Hill would get out of the inning without any more damage, he walked Roberto Pérez, making it a 2-0 Indians lead. The pitch looked like it was about a foot outside and Pérez wisely did not even think about swinging. After a visit from Rick Huneycutt, Hill pitched to Bradley Zimmer, who hit an infield single that made it a 3-0 Indians lead.
Because 3-0 after the first inning isn’t bad enough, the Indians added two more runs in the second inning. Because the Indians batted around in the first inning, Lindor was the leadoff hitter again. This time, he lined out, but Robertson hit his second single of the day, bringing Ramírez to the plate. Ramírez hit in in the gap in right-center field and Joc Pederson made his best effort but came up short. Robertson scored from first and the Indians had a 4-0 lead. After Austin Barnes threw out Ramírez, who was trying to steal third, Encarnacion hit a long home run, making it 5-0.
The Dodgers got themselves back in the game for about two minutes, and here’s how it happened. Bellinger led off the fourth inning with a solo home run that just stayed fair and over the wall, making it a 5-1 game. In the fifth, Pederson led off with a double, then Yasiel Puig hit a double that drove in Pederson. Taylor then came to the plate and hit a home run to right-center field, making it a 5-4 game.
It didn’t take long, however, for the Indians to get some more insurance runs. Hill walked Encarnacion then allowed a single to Robertson to begin the inning. Dave Roberts then brought Ross Stripling in to put out the fire, but all he did was kindle it. Lonnie Chisenhall entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit the first fastball he saw over the wall in right-center field, making it an 8-4 game.
In the sixth inning, Stripling recorded the first two outs without any trouble allowing back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. That brought Chisenhall to the plate and he pulled the ball into right field for a base hit. Two runs scored and the Indians had a 10-4 lead. Pérez then hit a broken bat flare right over the glove of Kiké Hernández for a base hit. One run scored and the Indians had an 11-4 lead. Dave Roberts then brought Grant Dayton to finish the inning.
Both teams added one more run in the seventh inning, making it a 12-5 final. The Indians run came by way of Erik González’s first Major League home run. González got a fastball over the heart of the plate and drove it over the wall in left field.
Keys To The Game:
Indians Strike First and Fast:
The Indians wasted no time scoring in the series finale against Rich Hill and the Dodgers. By the time Hill recorded an out, the Indians had a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded. By the time the seats were warm, the Indians had a 3-0 lead. The Tribe batted around in the first inning and forced Hill to throw 40 pitches in just one inning.
Off The Bench 5 RBIs:
Lonnie Chisenhall came off the bench in the fifth inning and still managed to go 2-3 with 5 RBIs. His first hit was a three-run homer in the fifth inning that gave the Indians an 8-4 lead. He then hit a two-run single in the sixth inning, giving the Tribe a 10-4.
Alex Wood will take the mound for the Dodgers in the curtain raiser of the Dodgers’ series against the Reds. Tim Adleman will take the mound for the Reds in the opener of the series. Adleman received a no-decision in the Reds 9-7 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Wood has given up just three runs in his last five outings, spanning 29 innings. The game will start at 4:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.