The LowDown: Dodgers Sweep in Key Series

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Game One

[FRIDAY] Rich Hill tossed a gem to go with the team’s offensive explosion in a much-needed victory, as the Dodgers begin to close in on the first place position in the NL West.

Hill tossed six shutout innings in the first of three Player’s Weekend games, striking out eight while allowing only a pair of hits and a walk. Rich Hill was perfect through four innings against the Padres. With Rich Hill’s jersey nickname being, “D. (Dick) Mountain” it’s clear that Hill both won this game and Player’s Weekend.

The Dodgers were only held scoreless in two of the eight innings they batted in, scoring in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. The Dodgers hit three home runs off the bats of Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy. Two of the homers hit were two-run shots, Turner’s and Muncy’s, while Taylor’s was a solo shot. The rest of the Dodgers’ eleven total runs came on situational hits and base knocks to drive home runs; something which the Dodgers have struggled doing of late. The team finished with a clip of 5 for 13 (.384) with runners in scoring position.

The bullpen took over in the seventh inning with an inning-long outing from Pedro Baez. The seventh was capped off with little to no issue as Baez collected two strikeouts. Just activated from the disabled list a few hours prior to game time, Yimi Garcia took the mound in the eighth. Garcia gave up a run on two hits. However, with the Dodgers’ nearly insurmountable lead, Garcia had a cushion to work with.

Pat Venditte finally made an appearance out of the ‘pen since being called up to the big league club in correspondence to J.T. Chargois’ injury from Monday. Venditte pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two and closing the door to seal the Dodgers’ 68th win of 2018.

Dodgers defeat the Padres, 11-1. (Dodgers lead series, 1-0)

Game Two

[SATURDAY] Kershaw pitches an eight inning gem in a game that took the Dodgers until the twelfth to win. While the bullpen failed to keep Kershaw’s run support standing for Kershaw to earn the win, the team was able to take the game in walk off fashion.

Clayton Kershaw did Clayton Kershaw things on Saturday night, pitching eight innings while allowing two earned runs on seven hits and zero walks. He also struck out nine Padres in the game. Seeing this kind of Kershaw coming down the stretch, when every game feels like a must-win, is something to get excited about.

Covering the four innings following Kershaw’s exit were Kenley Jansen, Kenta Maeda, and Caleb Ferguson. Jansen was the only one of the three pitchers who gave up a run in their respective outings. Jansen was charged with his fourth blown save of the season; his third in his past three outings.

Maeda successfully worked through a scoreless tenth inning, while Ferguson worked through two innings without yielding a run. Both Maeda and Ferguson are showing out of late as players well in grasp of the closing role in LA until Jansen finds his rhythm again.

All four of the Dodgers’ runs scored in the nine regulatory innings came on home runs. Manny Machado and Max Muncy each hit their 30th homer of the 2018 in the game; Machado’s for three runs, Muncy’s a solo shot. The walk off hit came off the bat of Justin Turner and landed in right field, scoring Matt Kemp from second base in the bottom of the twelfth inning.

Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-4. (Dodgers lead series, 2-0)

Game Three

[SUNDAY] Hyun-Jin Ryu earns his first win since his return from the 60-day DL after a strong outing that kept the Dodgers in striking distance. Justin Turner and Manny Machado really stepped up and led the charge that won the Dodgers the game and earned them the sweep.

Ryu pitched five and two thirds innings, allowing only one earned run on eleven hits and a walk. Ryu also collected eight K’s in the game. His single earned run came off of a solo home run by Franmil Reyes on the first pitch of the second inning.

Pedro Baez, Dylan Floro, and Yimi Garcia pitched to success after being called on with two outs in the sixth inning. Baez and Floro pitched a combined two and a third innings of scoreless baseball, while Garcia yielded one run in his inning of work.

Justin Turner collected five RBIs in the game and without a doubt was the Dodgers’ biggest offensive contributor in the come-from-behind victory. Turner had a pair of doubles, and a single to his credit at the game’s end. Manny Machado also collected a couple of RBIs on a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning. The home run was his 31st of the season and his second of the series.

Dodgers defeat the Padres, 7-3. (Dodgers win series, 3-0)

Dodgers-LowDown ‘Player of the Series’

For the third time this month, Justin Turner has been named the Dodgers-LowDown Player of the Series. From a five RBI game to a walk off hit, Turner continues to stay hot on a streak that nobody is sure when an end of could be seen, if at all.

Turner’s Final Line:

  • 15 AB
  • 7 H (1 HR)
  • 3 R
  • 9 RBI
  • 0 BB

 

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.