With the Dodgers trailing by a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, Cody Bellinger hit a three run home run that propelled the Dodgers to a 6-4 win over the Twins. Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson started the scoring with back-to-back home runs and Chris Taylor hit an RBI single. Edward Paredes, 30 years old, got the win in his Major League Debut.
The battle between Bartolo Colón and Hyun-Jin Ryu proved to be very interesting, but not because of the pitching. Colón lasted only five innings and allowed three earned runs while striking out two. The Dodgers hit two home runs against him.Ryu also lasted only five innings and he allowed two earned runs while striking out five. The Twins hit two RBI doubles against him. While Colón didn’t walk anybody, Ryu walked three batters.
The Twins started the scoring in the fourth inning when Eddie Rosario doubled to left field. Eduardo Escobar was on first base (thanks to a two-out walk) and he was running on the pitch. This allowed him to score and the Twins to take a 1-0 lead. After Ryu walked Robbie Grossman, Jason Castro hit a fastball down the left field line. Rosario scored easily and the Twins decided to try to send Grossman as well. Taylor’s throw to Corey Seager was perfect, and Seager’s relay to the plate was also perfect. Grossman was ruled out and the Twins asked for a challenge. After the play was reviewed, it was ruled that Grossman was out. The inning ended with the Twins leading 2-0.
The Dodgers finally decided to score against Colón in the fifth inning. With one out, Grandal was the batter and the first pitch Colón threw was a fastball belt high and on the outer edge of the plate. Grandal hit a high fly ball to center field and it landed over the wall by just inches for a home run. Pederson then followed by hitting a fastball down and away over the left-center field wall, going back-to-back with Grandal and tying the game. Yasiel Puig followed that with a triple, then scored when Taylor singled to center. The Dodgers ended to inning with a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Grant Dayton entered the game and surrendered a run, blowing the Dodgers’ lead. Rosario came to the plate and hit a fastball over the wall in left field. The ball landed in the same place as it did on his RBI double, but this time, on the other side of the wall.
The Twins took the lead in the seventh inning, once again, thanks to Eddie Rosario. Miguel Sanó was hit by a pitch with one out, then with two outs, Rosario lined the ball into left field. It bounced over Taylor and bounced to the wall. Sanó scored from first and the Twins took a 4-3 lead.
It seems like Bellinger was just waiting for a turn to bat, and that’s what he got in the eighth inning. The Dodgers had runners on first and second with one out and Bellinger got three straight curveballs. He swung at and missed the first one, then he fouled off the second. He finally made solid contact on the third curveball and drove it over the wall in straight away center field. It was his 28th home run of the year and his 15th homer in the seventh inning or later. This one gave the Dodgers a 6-4 lead.
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Seager Nabs Grossman:
In the fourth inning, Corey Seager prevented two runs from scoring on Jason Castro’s RBI double. After he received a perfect throw from Chris Taylor, Seager spun around and threw the ball perfectly to Yasmani Grandal. Grandal tagged Grossman and the home plate umpire, Jim Reynolds ruled that Grossman was out. The Twins challenged the play, but the call was upheld. Watch the video and see just how close the play was.
José Berríos will take the mound for the Twins and Kenta Maeda will pitch for the Dodgers in game two of the three-game series. Berríos is coming off a start when he allowed only one run over 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees. Maeda has been a floater in the Dodgers’ rotation this year. He owns a record of 8-4 and a 4.23 ERA. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.