What’s the best way to break out of a slump? Some would say a team should play “small ball” to produce runs. But the Dodgers would argue that hitting 7 homers in a game is just as effective.
Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor each homered twice, Cody Bellinger retook the MLB lead at 44 bombs, and Corey Seager and Matt Beaty each homered once. When it was all said and done, the Dodgers gave the Rockies a 16-9 thumping.
“It was a Coors Field game tonight,” said Dave Roberts. “The ball was jumping.”
Pederson had was having a fantastic night before leaving the game with an oblique injury from hitting the outfield wall in the 5th. He led the game off with a homer, hit an RBI double in the second, and then homered again in the 3rd.
It was the kind of game where you just wonder what would have happened if he had played the entire game. But he was unfortunately taken out in the 5th after robbing Charlie Blackmon of a home run and injuring himself on the play.
Some say homers are contagious and that especially applies to MVP candidates. Although the Dodgers already had a large lead, Bellinger hit his MLB leading 44th homer of the season.
Bellinger’s homer came after he was walked 3 times, twice intentionally. He now sits in the third place in franchise history for single-season homers, trialing Shawn Green (49) and Adrian Beltre (48).
From a rising star to a young prospect, Gavin Lux made his Major League debut last night and didn’t disappoint. It took him just 1 pitch to get his first MLB hit and he picked up a second in his second at-bat.
Can the Dodgers keep their momentum going? We’ll find out at 7:10 pm as Julio Urías and Chi Chi González face off. Urías is 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA as he comes of his 20 game suspension and González is 0-6 with an 8.07 ERA this year. With Urías returning to the starting rotation, Kenta Maeda will be sent to the bullpen.