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Kiké Hernandez Bombs Josh Hader As Dodgers Win Sixth Straight

Without question, Kiké Hernandez’s three-run home run off Josh Hader in the top of the 8th inning on Friday night at Miller Park was the signature moment of the 2019 season thus far. Furthermore, the Dodgers won the game 5-3; moving their record to 14-8 with their sixth straight victory.

 

Nevertheless, Hernandez did something not many men have done when he graced Hader with the powerful swing that won Los Angeles the ballgame.

Indeed, Hader looked human once again; and the Dodgers silenced a very powerful weapon of the opposition. Of course, to get to that point, A.J. Pollock and David Freese worked tough at-bats against Hader to reach base.

And to get to that point in a 2-2 ballgame – Ross Stripling and his teammates battled. Stripling did not have his best stuff, yet he held a potent Milwaukee lineup to just two runs over 4 and 2/3 innings while compiling eight strikeouts.

Of course, Christian Yelich put the Brewers up early in the first inning with a two-run home run to right field. However, from there the Dodgers wouldn’t allow another run until Joe Kelly surrendered a home run to Eric Thames in the bottom of the 8th.

The Dodgers tied the game at 2-2 by combining an Alex Verdugo double with a Cody Bellinger sac-fly to the warning track in back-to-back innings early in the contest.

In between all of that action, Scott Alexander, Dylan Floro, and Pedro Baez set the tone with scoreless relief work to keep this game in a stalemate for Hernandez’s heroics.

Then in the ninth, Kenley Jansen might have looked as good as he has all year long in locking down his seventh save.

The Dodgers try to claim this series the next two days, needing just one more win to do so. They have Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw at their disposal, and they’re playing sound and tough road baseball in the meantime.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Good season win, these are the dodgers that vanish in the post season. I no longer get exited with the praise the give this team, everybody knows what will happen at the end of the season. We don’t stand a chance against the Astros.sorry to say but true. Go Dodgers… i guess.

    • Just because you say it, that does not make it true……..Astros…….IF they make it………won’t have Darvish to lean on for their wins………so if the Astros AND if the Dodgers actually both make it to the series, and those are a big IF’s………I like our chances against them.

    • They’ve graduated from disappearing in the first or second round to disappearing in the World Series versus a superior AL team. Maybe one year they can graduate to showing up for all 3 rounds

  2. JMO, yea……..but the Dodger hitters were screwed by the umpire in the seventh when they loaded the bases in this game and came away with nothing………that guy who was behind the plate must have bet heavily on the Brewers last night. I’m not a big Joe Davis fan but his remark summed it up nicely. Hershiser…….”the home plate ump is calling the black tonite” Davis’s response….”He’s calling the shadow too”

    • MLB definitely wanted a tied series going into the FOX game today. Kike gave the big middle finger to that and I loved it

      • Absolutely agree with you. Brewers tried to serve up some “Hader-ade.” Instead, Kike Hernandez served up something else. I loved every second of that ball sailing over the fence and the Brewers fans silence, LMAO. Thank you, Kike!!!!

  3. Lost in the box score…….Dave Roberts decides to have Chris Taylor enter the game @ a crucial moment……..Taylor batting .170 and looking SO bad at the plate this season……..Roberts brought him in to pinch hit last night for Joc in the seventh, game tied, one out, runner on. Dodgers were on verge of putting together a productive scoring threat……..Taylor actually got a hit………I was astounded. Bad thing is, this only makes Robert decision look good and encourages him to do it again!

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