Dodgers Tie Giants For First Place After 9-3 Win Over Phillies
The Los Angeles Dodgers have tied the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West after a 9-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers’ offense stayed hot hitting three home runs and four doubles in their trouncing of Philadelphia. Howie Kendrick, Justin Turner, and Yasmani Grandal all hit two-run home runs. Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to go with his homer. Turner has hit 17 home runs since June 10th to go along with 47 RBIs, while Grandal hit his 18th homer of the year. The Dodgers now have hit 10 home runs in the last three games. The last time the Dodgers had more than three straight home runs in three games was in 2006.
After an inconsistent start to the season and the loss of ace Clayton Kershaw, it looked as if the Dodgers were in for another disappointing year. Instead, the Dodgers have gone 23-13 since June 26th, the best record in the NL. They even have the best record in the NL since the All-Star break going 13-9.
The Dodgers made a few major moves at the MLB trade deadline. They added an outfielder in Josh Reddick and pitching help in Rich Hill both from the Oakland A’s. Subsequently, L.A. sent Yasiel Puig down to triple A.
The Dodgers were unimpressive following their moves losing three out of four games immediately after the trades. However, the Dodgers are now winners of four straight and have now tied the struggling Giants for first place. The Giants, on the other hand, have had an NL-worst 7-16 since the All-Star break.
Up next for the L.A. will be to go for the sweep of the Phillies. Scott Kazmir will get the nod against Phillies’ Jeremy Hellickson.