Before Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers found out that they had four NL All-Stars on their roster, with a fifth looming with the Final Vote.
Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson were all named to the team, and Clayton Kershaw is a part of the Final Vote process. For Grandal and Pederson, it is their first time being named to the team. The trio wasted no time in showing why they were chose, combining for three hits and six RBIs in the Dodgers 10-7 victory.
First, Gonzalez came to bat in the bottom of the first with his team already ahead 1-0. He promptly deposited the Sean O’Sullivan pitch deep into the right field pavilion to make it 2-0:
Then, with the Dodgers down 6-3 in the bottom half of the fifth, Grandal came to bat with two runners on. He had previously come to bat in a similar situation and flew out to left, but this time he delivered, tying the game with a swing of the bat:
For good measure, Pederson came through with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh that pushed the score to 10-7, where it would stay for the remainder of the game.
Fellow All-Star Greinke will pitch on Thursday for the Dodgers, while potential All-Star Kershaw goes on Wednesday for the NL West leaders.