Chris Taylor had a big night on Tuesday, going 2-4 with three RBIs, leading the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Twins. Kenta Maeda pitched five innings of two-run ball, striking out four and walking two. Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and Yasiel Puig and Logan Forsythe hit RBI singles.
Af first, it looked like the Dodgers were not going to score on Tuesday night. They were shutout for three innings and collected their first hit in the third. Things changed, however, in the fourth inning. The Dodgers were trailing 1-0 when Cody Bellinger led off with a single, then stole second base. Then after Yasmani Grandal grounded out, Pederson doubled off the wall in straight away center field. Bellinger scored and the Dodgers had tied the game at one.
The Dodgers had not finished scoring, as Chase Utley singled to left field, sending Pederson to third. Puig then singled to right-center field and Pederson scored, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Maeda then advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. That brought Taylor to the plate and he pulled a curveball into the left field corner. Utley and Puig both scored easily, then the Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario misplayed the ball. Taylor took advantage of the error and advanced to third.
During the delay, Puig had time do to things such as take a bathroom break and joke around with his teammates. He singled to left field but was caught trying to advance to second. Pederson went to third on the single. Forsythe then singled and Pederson scored, making it 5-2. Taylor then doubled down the left field line, driving in Forsythe.
Keys To The Game:
No Onfield Microphones:
In the NFL, a referee wears a microphone, to tell the fans at the stadium what is going on. He uses it when there is a foul or when a play is under review. In MLB, the umpires do not wear microphones. The confusion in the sixth inning would not have been so confusing for fans if the umpires had been able to tell the fans at the stadium what had happened. All that I think is needed is for the crew chief to wear and alert the crowd as to what happened.
Ervin Santana will take the mound for the Twins and Brock Stewart will make a spot start for the Dodgers. Santana is coming off a rough start when he allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Tigers. Stewart, who is recovering from a weekend illness has made six appearances in relief this year. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.