Justin Turner continued his hot hitting on Sunday when he collected three hits and five RBIs in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over the Padres. Manny Machado‘s power surge continued as well when he smacked a go-ahead two-run homer that proved to be what the Dodgers needed to sweep the Padres.
It took a while before Machado started hitting but he’s really heated up. His home run on Sunday afternoon was his seventh as a Dodger. Because of the score and the day he hit the homer, this one may have been his most impactful longball as a Dodger. The homer proved to be the decisive run in the Dodgers’ win, which kept them 2 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks.
While Machado’s been getting a lot of the positive attention and the bullpen’s been getting the negative attention, there’s been another Dodger who’s been really hot. His name: Justin Turner. I wrote about this yesterday, but Turner’s been just as hot as the summer in California.
After yesterday’s game, Turner’s hitting .308 with a .398 OBP. In the last two weeks, Turner’s been slashing .400/.474/.760. He continued to hit well on Sunday when he went 3-5 and tied a career-high 5 RBI. Turner claims that his wrist is feeling 100%, and, from the way he’s playing, I have no reason to doubt him.
After a game like this, and especially a series sweep, it’s easy to forget about the starting pitcher. Hyun-Jin Ryu took on a big task: following up Kershaw’s eight-inning outing. But Ryu did a pretty good job. He lasted 5.2 innings and allowed two earned runs. I’m not really sure how he managed it, given the fact that he gave up eleven hits, but he still did it. He also collected two hits. One of these hits sparked a rally.
Ryu’s second hit sparked a two-out fifth-inning rally for the Dodgers. The Dodgers found themselves with Ryu on second and Brian Dozier on first with Turner at the plate. Turner ripped a two-run double down the line. This was immediately followed by Machado’s two-run homer.
Look At That Defense!
If there’s one thing we know about Yasiel Puig, it’s that he has an amazing arm. We don’t get to see him show off his arm very much anymore, however, because opposing baserunners have a healthy fear of it. But in the fourth inning, Manuel Margot foolishly decided to test Puig.
The “Wild Horse” had bobbled the ball in right field so Margot decided to try for third base. Puig picked up the ball, fired it to third, and made up for his mistake. Take a look:
The Dodgers will try to keep their momentum moving in a positive direction as they head to Texas for a two-game series against the Rangers. They absolutely destroyed the Rangers in a two-game set at Dodger Stadium earlier this year. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers against Ariel Jurado.