The Dodgers’ job against a bad team like the Marlins is to beat up on them in every area of the game. And that’s exactly what the Dodgers did as they hit 6 homers and scored 15 runs in their 80th win of the season.
Will Smith blasted two homers, Cody Bellinger hit his 39th of the year, tying him for the Major League lead, Justin Turner homered, hitting his 3rd in 2 games, Corey Seager homered, and Matt Beaty capped his big game with a homer.
Smith has been simply amazing since July 27, when he was named the starting catcher. He’s 16-45 (.356) in that time, with 6 homers, 20 RBIs, and 7 doubles.
Another Dodger making headlines this year is the MVP candidate, Bellinger. In the 7th inning, Bellinger got back to the top of the home run leaderboard when he hit his 39th homer of the year. He’s now tied with Christian Yelich and Mike Trout for the MLB lead.
Although it gets lost in the shuffle of all the homers and RBI hits, Seager homered early in the game to give the Dodgers an early lead. With a man on base, Seager ripped his 10th of the year.
But perhaps the most impressive homer of the night came from Justin Turner in the 7th inning. With a 6-run lead, Turner crushed his 20th homer of the year, hitting it 417 feet with an exit velocity of 104 mph.
In the 8th inning, Beaty hit his 6th homer of the year. Once again, in true Beaty form, it came late in the game. But this time the Dodgers already had a big lead. Beaty also hit a 3-run triple in the next inning.
All of this went to back up Dustin May who collected his first MLB win on Tuesday night. May pitched 5.2 innings, allowing one earned run on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts.
Clayton Kershaw and Elieser Hernandez will face off in game two of the series. Kershaw is 11-2 on the year with a 2.77 ERA and is coming off a game where he allowed just one run in 7 innings against the Cardinals. Hernandez is 2-4 with a 4.94 ERA and last faced the Dodgers on July 20th when he allowed 4 runs in 0.2 innings out of the ‘pen. The game will start at 4:10 pm.