It seems like it was so long ago that the Dodgers were dropping two out of three games to the Reds. Los Angeles sitting 4.5 games out of first seems like a VERY long time ago, even though it was last month. It all seems like a distant memory following a series sweep over the Rockies completed Wednesday evening.
— MLB (@MLB) September 20, 2018
After taking the first two games in dramatic fashion, things were looking great with Walker Buehler taking the mound. And despite a “Rockie” start, Buehler showed us yet again why we should be excited about him. An error in the first and a series of unfortunate bounces led to an early 2-0 lead for Colorado. Buehler bounced back though and allowed just one hit the rest of the game. He finished with six innings and a career-high 12 strikeouts.
The Offense Comes Through
Matt Kemp cut the lead in half in the second with a monster of a homerun for his 20th of the season. The score would stay that way until the fifth inning. Hernandez hit a leadoff single and Brian Dozier split the gap in left-center to score him all the way from first. That tied things up until the seventh.
The seventh is when we got one of the most exciting moments(and bat flips) of the season. Max Muny drew a walk and Yasmani Grandal doubled down the line in right. That set things up for Yasiel Puig pinch-hitting for Dozier. And Puig did not disappoint.
Yasiel Puig just launched one tremendous bat flip after his pinch-hit, three-run homer gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead over the Rockies. pic.twitter.com/5AypG5re18
— Gabriel Baumgaertner (@gbaumgaertner) September 20, 2018
It was Puig’s 22nd homerun of the season and his sixth since last Friday. Have a month Yasiel Puig!
The Dodgers get an off day on Thursday ahead of a three-game set with the Padres. The Rockies will head to Arizona over the weekend to face the Dbacks, who have won just three games in September. For now, Los Angeles carries a 2.5 games lead into the weekend. Things are looking up friends.
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