Recap: Joc Pederson Scores Dodgers Only Run in 5-1 Loss to Pirates

The Los Angeles Dodgers began their series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates with Ross Stripling on the mound. The Dodgers looked to bounce back following a loss on Wednesday in the series finale vs. Phillies.

The stadium was rocking as it was Kings Night at the Ravine. Members from the Los Angeles Kings were in attendance hanging out on the field before the game.

Despite the loss Joc Pederson took away Player of the Game Honors:

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The Pirates took an early lead on the Dodgers in the top of the first, scoring 3 runs on 4 hits. Two of those hits were simply ground balls to Seager at short, but both Pirates’ hitters beat out Seager’s throw to first.

Stripling managed to have a quick and easy inning on the mound in the top of the second, taking the Pirates down in order.

Later in the inning, Joc hit his 21st double of the season with 2 outs, but not before the Pirates centerfielder, Andrew McCutchen, robbed Yasmani Grandal of a what should have been a double off the wall.

Howie followed Joc with a line drive base hit to right field, scoring him from second base, giving the Dodgers their first and only run of the game.

In the top of the third, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates hit his 16th HR of the season, further extending the Pirates lead, 4-1.

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Although the Dodgers failed to push a run across in the bottom of the third, Josh Reddick made an amazing catch out in right field to start off the top of the fourth!

Joc hit his second double of the game, making that 22 on the year for Pederson, in the bottom of the fourth. But, it wasn’t enough to get things going for the Dodgers, as they still trailed the Pirates, 4-1.

Stripling gave up one more run after Jody Mercer took him deep in the top of the 7th, making the score 5-1 in the Pirates favor.

That would be the end of the day for Stripling as Jesse Chavez came in for relief to start off the 8th. The Dodgers attempted to rally late in the 9th but fell short, 5-1.

Fortunately for the Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants also lost on Friday, keeping the Boys in Blue one game back from first place in the NL West.

The Dodgers will close out the series on Sunday and have a day off on Monday before beginning their 7-game road trip on Tuesday.

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