The Dodger bats came back to life against Chris Sale and the Red Sox’s bullpen as they slugged 4 homers and scored 11 runs on 14 hits in their 11-2 beating of Boston.
The Dodgers played with much better focus and intensity that they had played with during their 4-game skid.
“Collectively, getting on base, slugging, getting deep into their ‘pen, a lot of great things,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Just a purpose for every pitch, trying to win every pitch.”
This mentality showed in big ways on Saturday night as the Dodgers took advantage of every slight mistake by the Red Sox. That included an infield single by Cody Bellinger that led to A.J. Pollock‘s RBI single in the first inning.
Another example of this kind of focus and intensity came in the seventh inning when Max Muncy scored from first base on a groundout.
The Dodgers, however, didn’t only take advantage of fielding mistakes. They also took advantage of bad pitches. Justin Turner, Bellinger, Pollock, and Muncy all homered in the ballgame.
Turner homered in the second inning off a fastball by Chris Sale. It was the first RBI of a 3-5 night where he collected 2 RBIs and scored 3 runs. In the 5th inning, Turner hit an RBI double to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
In the seventh inning, it was time for the birthday boy, Cody Bellinger to send a ball into the night. Bellinger got a hanging knuckleball that he sent deep into the Boston night for his 31st homer of the year. With the homer, Cody passed Josh Bell and tied Christian Yelich for the most homers in MLB this year.
One batter later, Pollock took advantage of a knuckleball and drove it over the Green Monster to go back-to-back with Bellinger.
It’s the rubber match of the series tonight at 4:05 pm. Hyun-Jin Ryu, the All-Star starter will take the mound for the first time in the second half against David Price. Ryu’s ERA is 1.73 this year and Price’s is nearly double that at 3.24.