A day after losing the final game of their series in St. Louis 5-0, the Dodgers’ offense was back at it, hitting three home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Rockies. Joc Pederson hit two of the homers, driving in a total of three runs, and Max Muncy hit a three-run bomb. With the win, the Dodgers regained control of first place in the NL West.
The Dodgers’ offense has been shaky all year, scoring lots of runs one game, and almost nothing the next. They also have come to rely too heavily on home runs. But while the bats have been unreliable, Hyun-Jin Ryu has been pitching well. On Monday night, Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Ryu was going up against Rockies’ starter, Jon Gray. In two previous starts against the Dodgers this year, Gray had a 1-1 record with a 4.20 ERA. The Dodgers were able to jump all over him, just like the stats suggested. Gray was charged with six earned runs on seven hits over just two innings.
Joc Pederson began the attack against Gray when he slugged a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Gray threw a fastball on the outer half of the plate and Pederson went with the pitch and slugged an opposite-field home run.
After the Dodgers scored another run in the first inning, they decided to get back at it in the third. Manny Machado hit an RBI single to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead with no outs. Then, Muncy crushed a hanging breaking ball and hit a no-doubt homer into the right-center field pavilion. This forced Gray to talk the walk of shame back to his dugout without having recorded an out in the third inning.
Pederson’s second homer came in the fourth inning. Rockies’ reliever, Harrison Musgrave threw a fastball around Pederson’s shoulders. But, apparently, no pitch is too high for Pederson. He crushed it into the right-field seats for a two-run homer.
Ryu’s Great Pitching
I mentioned Ryu earlier, but I don’t’ feel like I did him justice. Ryu’s seven shutout innings were huge for the Dodgers in every way. Because of Ryu, the Dodgers were able to rest most of their bullpen pitchers, something they needed to do after Stripling’s abbreviated start on Sunday. Ryu’s scoreless start also gives the Dodgers confidence in him down the stretch.
Clayton Kershaw and Kyle Freeland will face off in game two of the series. In his last start against the Rockies, Kershaw allowed two runs over six innings. With Kershaw on the mound, you can be guaranteed that the game will begin at exactly 7:10 pm.