Behind yet another dominant start from Ross Stripling, the Dodgers were able to pick up a series win over the first-place Braves, winning 7-2. The hitting was contagious yet again, as LA plated seven runs on 10 hits. For the Dodgers, they’ve won 14 of their last 18 games versus the Braves at Dodger Stadium.
The theme for the month of June has been the scorching hot Dodgers bats. That theme wasn’t any different today. Logan Forsythe got things going in the third, hitting his second homer of the season. Over the last few weeks, the Dodgers have taken the National League lead in home runs.
With one out, the Dodgers loaded the bases. Matt Kemp, who’s been one of the best hitters in baseball with runners in scoring position, promptly drove in a run with a single. Kike Hernandez followed with a single of his own, bringing in another to give LA a 3-0 lead. The bases remained loaded, but the Dodgers were unable to capitalize and bring in more runs. Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger followed with back-to-back strikeouts.
Safe to say, Puig was upset with himself after his at-bat.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 10, 2018
The Braves would answer right back, hitting two solo homers in the fourth to cut the Dodgers lead to one. The lead would be doubled in the fifth, as Max Muncy connected for his 12th home run of the season.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 10, 2018
His 12 homers make him tied for the most on the team. For Muncy, it’s his third consecutive game with a homer.
Max Muncy hit 12 homers last year in 109 games at Triple-A. He has 12 homers in 44 big-league games this year.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 10, 2018
Not Done There
LA tacked on two more in the sixth inning. Logan Forsythe drove in his second run of the game, bringing in Bellinger on a ground-rule double. Max Muncy brought in a run on a bases-loaded walk. For Muncy, it’s been a very good series, to say the least. He’s gotten out only once over the course of his previous 10 at-bats.
Max Muncy's last 10 plate appearances vs the Braves:
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 10, 2018
Kike Hernandez led of the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot, his eighth of the season. Over the last 23 games, the Dodgers have hit 43 home runs, by far the most in the MLB over that time period.
Once again, Ross Stripling looked good. Before our very eyes, he has turned into the ace of this ball club. Stripling went 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs, which came via the long ball. He had six strikeouts, and more impressively, zero walks.
For Stripling, he cruised the entire game. His only difficult inning came in the fourth, where he allowed all four of his hits. With runners on first and second and two outs, Stripling got Ender Inciarte to fly out to left. In his other 5 2/3 innings of pitching, he didn’t issue a single base runner.
After starting the season in the bullpen, Stripling has quickly gotten hang of things as a starter. In his last seven starts, he’s allowed only seven runs, while having 53 strikeouts to only four walks. After today’s start, his ERA sits at 1.65, the second-lowest in the National League.
Erik Goeddel, who’s proving to be yet another viable pickup, threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. On the season, his ERA sits at 0.47. Adam Liberatore came in to finish things out, throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
This was a huge series win for the boys in blue. Atlanta has been one of the best teams in baseball this year, so getting these wins are crucial for the team. As is stands, LA sits at second-place in the N.L. West. The D-Backs remain hot, and have a 2.5 game edge over the Dodgers. Tomorrow is an off-day, and then the Texas Rangers come into town for a quick two-game series. Sitting at 27-41, these are two games the Dodgers should be able to take care of.