Puig, Pederson Lead Dodgers 80th Win

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Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig each drove in a run with two outs in the seventh inning against the traitor Zack Greinke, leading the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. Alex Wood pitched six solid innings and picked up his 14th win of the year. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run to start the scoring in the Dodgers’ 80th win of the year.

 FINAL
 Dodgers 3 
 Diamondbacks 2 

Alex Wood and Zack Greinke both pitched well last night, Greinke pitched deeper into the game but Wood gave up fewer runs. Wood did not tally up the strikeouts, fanning only four batters. Greinke had more strikeouts (8) but he walked four Dodgers. I would say that Wood had the better outing.

After losing some velocity on his fastball in his last start, Wood made a mechanical adjustment on Sunday and regained his velocity. It stayed with him for the six innings that he pitched on Wednesday night.

“I thought my stuff was back to where I wanted it to be,” said Wood. “Usually not that easy of a fix, but it was an easy fix this time and life came back to the fastball. I was getting 2 or 3 inches closed off in my hips and not reaching full potential, and we opened it a little bit and the life came back and my stuff was better.”

The Dodgers were trailing 2-1 when Joc Pederson came to the plate in the seventh inning with two outs. Cody Bellinger was on third base and Greinke threw what he said was his worst of the game. It was a hanging breaking ball over the heart of the plate that Joc took advantage of. He pulled it to the right field wall. Bellinger scored easily and Pederson went to second base with a double.

Yasiel Puig still wanted to get in on the action and that’s what he did. With Pederson still at second base, Puig hit a single into right field. Chris Woodward sent Pederson home. The throw from J.D. Martinez was not nearly in time and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead.

The RBIs by Puig and Pederson erased the lead that the D-backs had just taken. With a runner on third base and two outs, J.D. Martinez hit a pitch that was nearly in the dirt into center field. It dropped in for a hit and the D-backs took a 2-1 lead.

Earlier in the game, Cody Bellinger and Paul Goldschmidt exchanged solo home runs. Bellinger’s came first in the second inning against Greinke. Jeff Mathis asked for a pitch in one of Bellinger’s favorite places to hit, inside and at the knees. Greinke hit his target perfectly but Bellinger hit the ball perfectly as well. Bellinger hit a no-doubt homer over the right field wall, starting the scoring and giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Paul Goldschmidt, not wanting to be outdone by a rookie, took matters into his own hands in the fourth inning. He hit what looked like a fastball over the wall in center field. The ball hit the big screen above the batter’s eye. The home run tied the game at one.

In the end, neither home run proved to affect the game, as the canceled each other out. However, they were fun to watch, with how high Bellinger’s went and how far Goldschmidt’s homer went.

Keys To The Game:

Rivalry:

Yasiel Puig led off the third inning with a walk and Zack Greinke attempted seven pickoffs during Chris Taylor‘s at bat. While Greinke was still a Dodger, he and Puig had a very strong rivalry. Greinke, who preferred to be left alone was constantly irritated by the way that Puig acted in the clubhouse. I think that the rivalry between the former teammates was the reason for the pickoff attempts. I also think that it is the reason that Puig tried to steal second base later in Taylor’s at bat. Taylor struck out and Puig was thrown out for an inning-ending double play.

Player Of The Game:

Yasiel Puig is my choice for the player of the game. The other options were Alex Wood and Joc Pederson, but I think that Puig deserves it. If you have a different opinion, do not hesitate in commenting to let me know. I chose Puig because of his RBI single in the seventh inning. That is the hit that gave the Dodgers the lead. Of course, he couldn’t have done it if Pederson had not hit a double to tie the game. However, I still think that Puig was the Player of the Game.

Up Next:

Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Dodgers and Anthony Banda will pitch for the D-backs. Darvish set a high bar for himself in his last start, when he threw seven shutout innings in his Dodgers debut against the Mets. Banda collected his first MLB win on Friday when he threw six innings of one-run ball against the Giants. The game will start at 6:40 pm PT and one again, only people with SportsNet LA can watch it.

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