Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger each collected two hits and two RBIs and Joc Pederson, Russell Martin, and Hyun-Jin Ryu each collected an RBI as the Dodgers cruised to a 7-2 win over the Pirates. Ryu saw his scoreless inning streak come to an end at 32 innings, but he still threw a quality start, allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings.
The Dodger offense got on the board early again, scoring a run in the first inning and taking an early lead against Pirates’ starter, Joe Musgrove. With Pederson at third, Seager hit a ground ball into right field for an RBI single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
After giving up their lead in the second, the Dodgers got back to work, putting up runs in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings.
In the 3rd inning, the Dodgers had a man on third base with 2 outs and Bellinger at the plate. Musgrove made a big mistake, throwing Bellinger a fastball over the heart of the plate. As you can imagine, Bellinger made him pay, hitting an RBI single.
In the 4th, Ryu gave himself the lead with an RBI double. With a man on first and two outs, Musgrove thought he could get out of the 4th inning easily. But Ryu was able to get his bat on a high fastball and drive it into the right-center field gap for an RBI double.
The Dodgers really took control of the game in the 5th inning when they put 3 runs on the board. It started with an RBI double by Seager, then Bellinger drove in a run with a double. Martin then followed with a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers had a 6-2 lead.
Ryu wasn’t as dominant as he has been this year, but he still figured out how to get outs when he needed them. In the 4th inning, the Pirates had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but Ryu was still able to escape without allowing a run. His final line had only 3 strikeouts, but the important thing was that he put the Dodgers in a place to win.
Weather permitting, the Dodgers will go for the sweep of the Pirates at 10:35 am. Kenta Maeda will return to the mound for the Dodgers against Chris Archer. Maeda is 5-2 on the year with a 3.51 ERA while Archer is 1-4 with a 5.55 ERA. The Dodgers scored 6 earned runs against Archer a month ago on April 26.