The Dodgers headed just down the freeway to San Diego to take on the Padres for game one of a three game series. For Los Angeles, this series almost seems like a must win to get back on track. Especially considering the Dodgers entered the game 5-9 and at the bottom of the National League West. Here is a recap of their blowout victory.
Hyun-jin Ryu took the mound for Los Angeles coming off of a dominating performance again Oakland almost a week ago. Ryu threw six innings in this one allowing two runs on three hits. He also struck out nine batters and did not allow a walk. In his past twelve innings of work, Ryu has allowed just one free pass to opposing hitters.
Great outing for @HyunJinRyu99: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 17, 2018
The Dodgers offense exploded in this one, powered by home runs from Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal. Kemp’s was a three-run shot in the third while Grandal’s was a grand slam in the ninth. Grandal had five runs batted in for the game, as he also drove in a run on a double.
Alex Wood will take the hill tomorrow, looking to bounce back in a big way from his last outing. He gave up seven runs in 3.2 innings of work last Wednesday. They will face off against Bryan Mitchell, who has struggled a bit to start off the year.
While Kemp did exit the game early, his hitting continues to encourage the entire fanbase. With performance in this one, Kemp is now hitting 333 with two home runs. If he can continue this, there is no doubt that Los Angeles has found it’s true full-time left fielder. Even if he cannot always field a ball with the best of them.
What it boils down to is that the Dodgers do need to show up this series. And what better way to do that than to kick the series off with ten runs. Lookin’ good boys, keep it up.
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