Dodgers’ Offense Gets Hot Post All-Star Break

Final Score: 13-7, Dodgers

After four days off from the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers sprung back into action and started a long road trip. The first series back for L.A. is against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bud Norris started tonight and didn’t do too bad. Norris turned in five innings, allowing four runs off eight hits while striking out five and not walking a single batter. Norris left his start having thrown 98 pitches and leading the game 8-4.

Casey Fien wasn’t on his game Friday night and allowed 3 runs, but the rest of the bullpen was sharp. Pedro Baez, J.P. Howell and Chris Hatcher had scoreless outings and the Dodgers won after a big night from the offense.

The Dodgers were ready to battle last night and everybody in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor all had three hits. But Taylor was the story of the night. He picked up his first MLB home run and it was a grand slam to absolutely break the game open for L.A. He also hit a triple and double and finished  just missing the single to complete the cycle. Taylor picked up six RBIs tonight as well almost matching his career total of 10.

Dodgers RBIs

Justin Turner 1 (45)

Chris Taylor 6 (6)

Howie Kendrick 1 (21)

Yasiel Puig 3 (31)

Bud Norris 1 (1)

Dodgers Home Runs

Justin Turner 1 (14)

Chris Taylor 1 (1)

Game Analysis:

The Dodgers came out with tons of energy after a long break and broke this game open. Everybody seemed like they were seeing the ball and if it weren’t for some great defense from the D-Backs the Dodgers would have had some more hits. If they can keep it up like this the Dodgers have a really good chance of catching the San Francisco Giants who last night. The Dodgers gained a game and sit 5 1/2 games back now.

Saturday, the series will continue with Brandon McCarthy on the mound against Archie Bradley.

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