Kike Hernandez 16th home run of this season brought Dodgers out of the tie with Angels and earn them a 5-3 victory. He dominated the seventh inning and lead his team to a worthwhile win in the final match of the freeway series.
Both teams won 2 of the 3 games on their own hometown fields and the four of the six games were decided on one run. That shows how competent both teams are. Watching a match between two teams that go so well together was a blast.
Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, said something like this about the freeway series, “Those are fun,” he said, “We’re all fans and you get to see two of the games best go head-to-head, and that’s always a treat.”
Other than just one loss against Arizona Diamondbacks, this win took Dodgers back to being the first in the National League West. This being the fourth time in last five season that dodgers been placed first in National League West. They did an awesome job on coming to ten games over (53-43) from ten games under (16-26) since the middle of the May.
“I don’t think we were a 16-26 ballclub,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw said. “It was good for us to right the ship that quickly. Thankfully, Arizona was in a tough spot at that time, too, so we didn’t lose much ground. Now, we’re in first, a good spot to be in going into the last 2-1/2 months, for sure.”
The game started with Yasmani Grandal’s 13th homer in the second inning. That’s when the scores started rolling.
“I’ve seen Deck for a while,” Grandal said of his at-bat against Deck McGuire. “I faced him for three years at Miami when he was throwing a little bit harder. I got a glance of what I wanted to do against him in the game he pitched against us in Anaheim. I pretty much built my game plan around it, and it just so happened it played into it today.”
Grandal finished his turn scoring a 3-3 with a walk. His current score is good enough with .667 batting, 6 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 7 RBIs over the last seven games played at the Dodgers stadium.
Andrew Toles and Chris Taylor followed him with singles and Hernandez scored the second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left field.
After two pitches, Clayton Kershaw derived his first RBI of the season and 30th of his career to bring in another score and Dodgers were then leading by 3-0.
Kershaw although is among seven most dynamic pitchers, was having a hard time on the field this Sunday. He was fighting through the first inning, settling on from there but then again ran into trouble at the start of the fourth inning.
“RBIs, that’s what I need,” Kershaw joked. “That means guys are on-base for me, so there must be something going right for sure.”
“They did a good job of laying off stuff there in that first inning,” said Kershaw. “I was fortunate to get out of that, and I felt like I got in a pretty good groove there.”
After a series of singles by Justin Upton and Ian Kinsler, Jefry Marte brought a new turn to the game with his three-run homer that tied the game.
“I thought I could get a fastball in on him and I missed a little bit up,” Kershaw said of the home run by Marte. “I didn’t think it was going to go out, but he put enough backswing on it to get out of the park.”
Then Kenta Maeda struck out Kinsler to end the threat from the game at the start of the seventh inning after which Hernandez end the game with his career’s best home run to the left field.
He was the hero of the day and led the dodger to this amazing victory. His homer was the 129th homer of the dodger this season also nailed the spot of most home runs prior to All-Star Break in their franchise’s History.
Other than that, he drove two runs in the defense and made two defensive plays at second base to the right field.
“Kiké is right there for our team MVP at this point,” said Roberts. “He’s a plus defender everywhere. He’s made plays all first half and with the bat, the big homer today. With his energy, it seems like every time he’s in there something good happens.”
“We’re playing a little bit more now what we are,” said Kershaw of the team’s turnaround. “It’s good for us to right the ship, and right the ship so quickly. We’re in first and it’s a good spot to be in going into the last two and a half months.”