The Los Angeles Dodgers are 5-4 on their current 10-game road trip, with one game remaining in Arizona against the Diamondbacks Wednesday before they head home for an equally as long homestand that leads into the All-star break.
After losing the first game to the Diamondbacks, the offense came out strong on Tuesday with 11 hits in a 6-4 10th-inning victory. Yasmani Grandal continued to show power to the opposite field as a left-handed hitter, homering and doubling to left, driving in four total runs on the night.
Grandal’s night began with a two-run home run in the second inning off of Ruby De La Rosa that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead:
Grandal then added insurance in the 10th inning after Howie Kendrick’s solo home run gave the Dodgers a one-run lead.
Grandal’s two-run double proved to be the difference as the Diamondbacks scored one run off Kenley Jansen before he managed to close the game out. Through the first two games of the series Grandal has hit two home runs and collected five RBIs.
The Dodgers backstop has more than proven his worth since being involved in the offseason trade with the San Diego Padres that marked Matt Kemp’s end in Los Angeles. He has taken over the everyday catchers role, batting .269 with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs in 61 games.
Grandal also has a 147 wRC+ on the year, which is higher than San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey; though Grandal has 229 plate appearances to Posey’s 307.