Joc Pederson didn’t care if he was still a little sore from his encounter with the outfield wall. Back in the lineup, Pederson launched two massive homers and drove in 3 runs to lead the Dodgers to a 7-3 win over the Rockies.
Pederson is a streaky hitter and he’s riding high right now. He homered in the final game of the series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, then homered twice before leaving Monday’s game. Back in the lineup yesterday, Pederson launched two more homers.
His first homer came in the first inning as he led off the game. He crushed a 1-2 fastball and deposited it in the Rockies’ bullpen for a 1-0 lead.
But one homer clearly isn’t enough for Joc, who launched his second of the night in the 5th inning. This one came on another mistake fastball and once again, the pitcher regretted it. This homer was tracked by Statcast at 424 feet.
It proved to be a good thing that Pederson, and the rest of the offense, were on their A-game because starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu posted his 4th straight shaky start. He lasted just 4.1 innings and was charged with 3 runs. In his last 4 starts, his ERA has jumped from 1.45 to 2.45.
Dave Roberts says it’s a command issue. It also probably has to do with fatigue and there’s a chance Ryu may miss his next start.
“When you see he can’t put a hitter away or put him on the ground with soft contact, you know he’s not right,” said Roberts. “Physically, I know he’s fine. We’ll have a conversation. I’m not concerned. To expect him to go through a season flawless, this happens. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to recalibrate before the postseason.”
The Dodgers have a day off before the Giants come to town. The weekend series will begin with a matchup between Jeff Samardzija and Clayton Kershaw. Samardzija is 9-11 with a 3.61 ERA and is coming off an outing where he allowed 6 runs to the Padres. Kershaw is 13-4 with a 2.96 ERA but he took the loss in Arizona in his last start after allowing 5 runs. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.