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Dodgers Defeat Pirates Behind Six Homeruns



The Dodgers and Pirates faced off once again at the Ravine Tuesday night, just a day removed from an offensive onslaught. As it turns out, the Dodgers were not quite done pouring in on Pittsburgh.

The Offense

Just one day after slugging four home runs and scoring 17 runs, the Dodgers were at it again. The game started with back-to-back long balls by Joc Pederson and Max Muncy in the first.

Max Muncy would add another home run for his 20th of the season. He is quickly becoming a star in Los Angeles. Chris Taylor, Yasmani Grandal, and Kiké Hernandez all added their own power with home runs. That makes it 25 runs on 10 home runs and 32 hits over the first two games of the series.

The lone bad statistic that came out of this game was that Matt Kemp went 0 for 4. That means his streak of eight straight hits came to an end.

The Defense

Clayton Kershaw went in this game, looking to continue his success since his return from the disabled list. He ended up tossing six innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. He only struck out two batters though, which is not typical Kershaw fashion. Instead, he relied mostly on groundball outs to get through. He also did not allow a single walk.

Yimi Garcia followed up with an inning of work, where he gave up a solo blast. JT Chargois made his triumphant return from the minors and tossed a perfect inning of work. Erik Goeddel finished the game up with a perfect inning striking out the side.

Looking Ahead

Rich Hill will get the ball on the Fourth of Jul Wednesday, facing off against Clay Holmes. Holmes will be making his first career start after working just his previous two games out of the bullpen. He has pitched a total of four innings and allowed one earned run. The homer-happy Dodgers will look to jump on him early in this one.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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