David Freese hit a clutch two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, putting the Dodgers on top for good, and leading them to a 5-3 win over the Giants. Unlike previous games, the bullpen was dominant as they secured the win.
Freese’s hit was just the climax of an already exciting game. The excitement started in the first inning when Kiké Hernández hit a lead-off home run, setting a Dodger record for the most consecutive games with a homer to start the year.
The Dodgers tacked on another run in an interesting way in the first inning. With men on first and second and two outs, Freese raced home from second base to score on a Cody Bellinger infield single.
The Giants came back to took the lead in the fourth inning when Ross Stripling momentarily lost command. Stripling gave up two homers, one to Steven Duggar and a two-run bomb to Brandon Belt. But after the third inning, Stripling found his command again and threw 6.1 innings, allowing just 3 earned runs.
Freese got Stripling off the hook in the bottom of the seventh inning with his clutch RBI double. With two outs, Dave Roberts ignored the matchup and let Freese face the right-handed Reyes Moronta, instead of pinch-hitting Max Muncy. The move paid off as Freese hit a two-run double off the right-center field wall.
All eyes will be on Kenley Jansen as he returns to Denver, the place where his heart started having problems. Jansen plans on making the trip to Colorado and Roberts says Jansen will pitch in save situations.