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Dodgers News: Kiké Hernandez Talks Two-Run, Go-Ahead Double



The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to earn a comeback victory Wednesday night to avoid a two-game sweep by the Oakland Athletics.

After jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, the Dodgers bullpen faltered and they found themselves trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. Two walks and four hits later, they were ahead 8-6 and were able to hang on for a 10-7 victory.

Perhaps the biggest hit of the night came in the bottom of the seventh with two on and two outs. Pinch-hitter Kiké Hernandez launched a double to deep center that scored two runs and gave the Dodgers the lead.

After the game Hernandez talked about what turned out to be his biggest at-bat of the season to this point. “[Drew] Pomeranz has good stuff. He’s got a good, live fastball and a good, sharp curveball,” he said. “I worked the count to where I saw a few breaking balls and a few fastballs and once I got to two strikes I was just trying to stay alive and hopefully get a good pitch to hit. If not, then just take my walk because I knew [Yasiel] Puig was coming up behind me and he had taken good at-bats tonight. He hung a curveball and I just put a good swing on it.”

Hernandez has been a solid utility man for Los Angeles this season, batting .272 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 114 at-bats. His two-run double was the biggest hit of his Dodgers career up to this point, as the Dodgers have been struggling a bit since the All-Star break and would have fallen out of first place if they lost last night.

The Dodgers currently hold a half-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West and will host the crosstown rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beginning Friday at Dodger Stadium.

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