The Dodgers won in a historic way on Wednesday night, when they slugged three home runs, one triple, but without any singles or doubles, as they swept the series against the Rangers, taking the final game by a score of 3-1. Cody Bellinger and Manny Machado hit homers in back-to-back innings, and Yasmani Grandal went yard late in the game. Yasiel Puig‘s triple was the Dodgers’ only other hit.
The Dodgers won in a historic way on Wednesday night. Some might say this is a good record to hold. Others might say it shows their weakness. But no matter what your opinion about the win is, wins are wins and that’s what the Dodgers need as they head to Los Angeles to play the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have struggled against the D-backs this year, going 4-8 against them, but the last time they faced off was on May 9. That was before they acquired Machado, who would factor into Wednesday’s game in a big way.
Bellinger got the Dodgers started in the third inning with his 21st homer of the year. Bellinger crushed a stomach-high fastball to straightaway center field. There was no doubt that the ball would go over the wall. This gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Machado was the next key Dodger contributor. In the fourth inning, he hit a laser-beam homer, his eighth as a Dodger and 32nd on the year, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0.
The Dodgers’ lead stayed like this through the middle part of the game. Puig tried to extend the lead after he hit his triple, but he was thrown out attempting to steal home. Other than that, nothing really happened for the Dodgers.
But then Grandal changed that in the eighth. He was batting from the right side (his weaker side) when he crushed an off-speed pitch for a solo homer. Grandal’s homer gave the Dodgers what they needed to make history.
Alex Wood held up his end of the bargain, rebounding from his last start with seven shutout innings in which he allowed only four hits. This year hasn’t been easy for Wood, who pitched only four innings in his last start, but he hasn’t stopped fighting. In his start on Wednesday, Wood showed the Rangers what he’s capable of doing. They didn’t make much solid contact, and they couldn’t drive in runs against him.
With the Dodgers leading 3-0 in the ninth, Dave Roberts wasn’t ready to send Kenley Jansen into a save situation. Instead, he had Kenta Maeda close the game. It wasn’t without drama. Maeda gave up a one-out RBI double to Adrián Beltré, who then stole third base. Maeda then walked Joey Gallo, bringing the winning run to the plate. Maeda managed to close the game, getting Ronald Guzmán to ground out weakly to first base.
The Dodgers are heading home for what may turn out to be the most important series of the year. They will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a four-game series, beginning on Thursday night. The Dodgers are currently one game behind the D-backs and half a game behind the Rockies in the divisional standings. They’re 1.5 games back in the wildcard race.
Rich Hill and Robbie Ray will battle on the mound to open the series. Hill has struggled this year against the D-backs. In two starts this year, he has a 12.00 ERA in nine innings. This was at the beginning of the year. He’s been dominant ever since the All-Star break. Ray has a 4.73 ERA with a 1.46 ERA in seventeen starts this year. The game will start at 7:10pm PT.