Brandon McCarthy shut out the Mets over six innings and the Dodgers provided all the run support he needed, beating New York 12-0. Corey Seager, not wanting to be outdone by Cody Bellinger, hit three home runs and drove in a total of six runs in the Dodgers’ cakewalk victory. Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal each hit home runs in the victory.
Had Corey Seager not been in the lineup, Brandon McCarthy would have been the Player of the Game, but the 23-year-old shortstop stole the show. Seager started the scoring in the first inning with a two-run home run. Seager doubled in the second inning and was stranded at third base. He then came to the plate in the fourth inning and hit a solo home run. In the fifth, Seager came to the plate with two runners on and hit a three-run shot for his third home of the game. In the sixth, Seager came to the plate with the bases loaded and missed his fourth home run by about ten feet.
Cody Bellinger made headlines as well on Tuesday night as he hit another home run. The homer was his twenty-second home run of the year and his tenth home run in ten games. Bellinger is the first Dodger to hit 10 homers in as many days since Shawn Green did it in 2002.
“I’m having a blast,” Bellinger said. “I think what really tops it off is how well we’re playing as a team. It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to be around. We’re just clicking on all cylinders.”
When the dust settled, the Dodgers had tagged Robert Gsellman for eight runs (seven earned) over 4.1 innings. They had hit four home runs; Seager hit two, Bellinger hit one, and Grandal hit one.
Brandon McCarthy fared much better than his counterpart, pitching six innings and shutting out the Mets. He struck out four batters and allowed only four hits. McCarthy entered the first inning without any run support, due to the fact that the Dodgers had not batted. By the time he made his way to the mound in the second, he had a four-run lead. When he reached the mound in the fifth inning, he had a five-run lead. By the time McCarthy entered the sixth inning, the Dodgers had a ten-run lead. The Dodgers kept on giving McCarthy run support until there was no more hitting to do.
Keys To The Game:
Taking An Early Lead:
I have been saying this a lot lately but it is true. When the Dodgers jump out and take an early lead, it puts the momentum in their favor. Mets’ manager Terry Collins mentioned it after the game so here is what he said:
When you’re down, 4-0, before you’ve got an out, that starts to take a little starch out of you,” Terry Collins said.
The Dodgers entered the fifth inning with a 5-0 lead and finished it with a 10-0 lead. Yasmani Grandal hit a home run then Yasiel Puig doubled. Joc Pederson then hit an RBI double before McCarthy struck out and Logan Forsythe walked. That brought Seager to the plate and he capped the Dodgers’ inning with a three-run home run.
Great Bellinger Quotes:
Dodgers’ play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and Dodgers’ radio play-by-play man Charlie Steiner both had great quotes about Cody Bellinger. Davis’ quote came in the first inning when Bellinger hit his home run:
“Cody Bellinger, you are ridiculous!”
And then came the quote by Charlie Steiner in the second inning.
“Well, don’t go anywhere. If you’re getting out of the car hang on a sec. Here comes Bellinger.”
Of course, as soon as he said that, Terry Collins decided to intentionally walk Bellinger so all we got to listen to was an intentional walk.
The pitching matchup of the series will come to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Tyler Pill vs Rich Hill. In two other starts this year, Pill has posted an ERA of 3.48. Hill will be looking to bounce back from his last start when he allowed seven runs over four innings against the Indians. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and ESPN.