“It was exciting. I fed off it. I’m anxious to go back to the hospital and see my son”. His RBI single with two outs in the fifth put the Dodgers ahead for good, 2-1, in his second game back from a serious skin infection.
The Cincinnati Reds have followed up a nine-straight games going Under the total with a streak of five-consecutive contests finishing Over the closing number heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are fighting to fend off rival San Francisco in the National League Central. Latos (4-9), who was on the Reds from 2012-14, lasted 4 2/3 innings while allowing seven hits and five runs, four of which were earned.
“You’ve got to try to take advantage of opportunities”, Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Obviously, the offense was tremendous today”. Since World War I, only four pitchers have posted a better ERA at any stadium where they had thrown 200 or more innings.
It is more of what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has come to expect from the left-hander, who is enjoying his first full healthy season since 2009. Counting his time with the Braves, he has won just one of his last six outings. Kershaw flirted with a ideal game in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory, retiring the first 16 batters he faced. Obviously he gives up the homer. But from that point, he kind of recovered. “I thought he was extremely composed”. That’s what he’s been doing for us.
He didn’t make the catch, but he did receive a nice ovation from the Dodger Stadium crowd. The rookie hit an opposite field solo home run in the fourth inning to get the Dodgers on the board.
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will have season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs in his ailing left elbow, a significant blow to his club’s playoff aspirations.
The Dodgers put up a high five in the bottom of the second thanks to home runs by Puig and Hernandez.
Mattingly later said Puig’s dive probably cost the Dodgers a run – Barnhart would have been limited to a single if Puig had kept the ball in front of him – but Greinke defended the right fielder.
Justin Turner led off the third inning with an opposite-field drive just inside the right-field foul pole for a 7-3 lead.
He said little about the home run.
The Dodgers four home runs were a season high and give them 144 on the season tops in the National League and 10 more than they had all of last season at this time.
Los Angeles Angels: Shane Victorino (FD $2200, DK $2700), Mike Trout (FD $5000, DK $5500), Albert Pujols (FD $4000, DK $4200), Kole Calhoun (FD $3500, DK $4100) – I always look forward to stacking up against John Danks and tonight is that night as the Angels get to take their hacks against him. “It was about everyone hitting and everyone contributing”. During that stretch, Hernandez is batting.
In addition to pitching, hitting, and fielding, Greinke could perhaps add another category to the list of what makes a good baseball player, bat flipping, as his bat flips on hits and especially on his home runs have seemingly become works of art to be admired.
“I like to play”.