If there was any doubt that Cody Bellinger is a superstar, he erased it on Thursday night when he hit his 30th homer of the year and led the Dodgers to a 5-1 win over the Padres. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched well again, throwing 6 shutout innings and allowing just 3 hits to lead the Dodgers to their 60th win of the year.
“I apologize for the lack of drama at the end,” joked Dave Roberts after the game.
And indeed there was no drama and no chance for a walk-off. Between Bellinger’s homer, Max Muncy‘s homer, and Ryu’s scoreless appearance, the Padres never showed any threats.
With the All-Star starter on the mound, all the Dodgers needed to do was score a few runs. Muncy got them started in the second inning. He crushed a fastball over the middle of the plate, sending it into the seats down the right field line.
After the Dodgers tacked on a couple more runs in the 5th with a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly, it was time for Bellinger’s homer. Bellinger, who led off the 6th inning, got a slider low in the zone and sent it deep into the right field pavilion.
Game 2 of the series will feature All-Star, Clayton Kershaw, going up against Eric Lauer. Kershaw has a 3.23 ERA and a 7-2 record on the year. Lauer is 5-7 with a 4.22 ERA but he has always caused Dodger hitters problems, allowing just a .627 OPS against them. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.