Alex Wood pitched six innings of one-run ball in which he allowed three hits and struck out seven batters, leading the Dodgers to their eighth straight win with a 6-1 win over the Rockies. Yasiel Puig hit a 445 foot home run and Justin Turner went 3-5 with an RBI as the Dodgers won beat the Rockies, taking a 2.5 game lead in the NL West.
Alex Wood continued his All-Star campaign with yet another great outing on Friday night. He held the Rockies to one run over six solid innings. Out of the three hits that Wood allowed, the only one that was hit hard was Tom Murphy‘s RBI double in the second inning. Even that hit would have been a single, but Franklin Gutierrez was unable to get to it and the ball rolled to the wall. This allowed Raimel Tapia to score. Other than this play in the second inning, Wood was lights-out. He did walk two Rockies, but he escaped both innings without any damage.
The Dodgers helped their pitcher by providing early run support in the first inning. Corey Seager singled with one out, then advanced to second on a pickoff error. Turner then singled, sending Seager to third. That brought Cody Bellinger to the plate. He hit a fly ball to center field that died on the warning track. Charlie Blackmon caught it for the second out, but it was deep enough for Seager to score without any trouble, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The Rockies tied the game in the second inning on Murphy’s RBI double, but the Dodgers re-took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Austin Barnes led off with a walk, then Wood struck out and Logan Forsythe grounded out, sending Barnes to second. This brought Seager to the plate and he hit the first pitch he saw into right field. Barnes scored when the throw from Tapia got past Murphy. Seager went to second on the throw, but it was not all good news for the Dodgers.
On his way to second base, Seager pulled up with an apparent injury. The pain was in his right hamstring. Seager has dealt with hamstring issues before, two in each leg. We can only hope that the MRI he has today will show that there is no strain. Seager stayed in the game until he scored later in the inning. He then went into the clubhouse with a trainer and Kiké Hernández moved from right field to shortstop, bringing Puig into the game.
After Seager’s RBI single, Justin Turner was the next batter. He hit a slider into right field for a base hit. Seager scored, but he was not running full speed. The single gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Cody Bellinger then came to the plate and he hit the ball into left-center field. It rolled to the wall and Turner scored. Bellinger arrived at second with an RBI double and the Dodgers had a 4-1 lead.
Yasiel Puig, who entered the game to play right field in the third inning, got his first at-bat in the fourth inning. With a full count, Kyle Freeland threw a curveball that stayed too high. Puig got his bat on the ball and did what he does best, hit it to the moon. He actually missed the moon by just under 238,900 miles, but the ball still traveled a long way. It landed 445 feet away from home plate for a solo home run. It gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead.
Keys To The Game:
Good News and Bad News:
Good news: the Dodgers won. Bad news: before the game, the Dodgers announced that Julio Urías will undergo a season-ending shoulder surgery. Corey Seager left the game early due to what felt like a hamstring cramp. Dave Roberts said that what we’re hoping for is a cramp.
Off The Bench and Hit A Home Run:
Yasiel Puig was supposed to get an off day on Friday, but that changed in the second inning. When Seager was injured, Kiké Hernández moved from right field over to shortstop and Puig moved from the dugout to right field. In his first at-bat, Puig hit a home run that only missed the moon by more than 200 thousand miles.
Tyler Chatwood will get the start for the Rockies on Saturday night and Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers. Chatwood has a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 2.41 on the road. Kershaw has six consecutive wins but in his last start, he allowed four home runs. In his career, he has a record of 20-6 against the Rockies. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.