Kiké Hernández hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning, and Justin Turner hit a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 on the last day of August. Kenley Jansen secured the win, earning his first save since August 7.
The beginning of the game was dominated by starting pitching. Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two earned runs over seven innings, but he retired the last ten batters he faced in order. Zack Greinke put up a great pitching performance as well, allowing three earned runs over 7.1 innings. Greinke, however, was left in to pitch the eighth inning, something I’m sure the Diamondbacks regretted.
Turner took advantage of the D-backs’ mistake when he hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth. Grienke hung a breaking ball and Turner crushed it. There was absolutely no doubt about it. The ball sailed deep into the left field pavilion and the Dodgers had a 3-2 lead.
“I got a slider he left up, one of the few he left up all night,” said Turner. “I think I was more excited for Kiké’s homer, two-strike opposite-field homer, pretty impressive. That got everyone pretty fired up.”
Kiké’s homer tied the game in the seventh inning. With two strikes and two outs, Hernández drove a fastball over the right-center field wall for an opposite-field solo home run. It went over the gloves of Steven Souza Jr. and A.J. Pollock, who collided with each other while leaping for the ball.
After the Hernández’s homer, Dylan Floro worked a perfect inning, setting the Dodgers up for Turner’s heroics. Once Turner hit his homer, the big man, Kenley Jansen, began to warm up.
As Jansen entered the game, everyone held their breath. Ever since Jansen’s trip to the DL, he hasn’t been the same. But Jansen said that he wanted the ball. So Dave Roberts gave it to him. Jansen got the first out, something that’s been rough for him since his return. He then gave up a double to Paul Goldschmidt. But after that, he struck out a batter and then got the final batter to ground out, ending the game.
The “new” Clayton Kershaw will bring his new level of dominance to the mound against D-backs’ starter, Patrick Corbin. Kershaw hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last eight starts and he’s only allowed three homers since the All-Star break. Corbin has a 3.15 ERA this year.