Week 9 In Review: Dodgers Taste First Place, Spit It Out

Summary:

The Dodgers picked up where they left off last week by taking the first two games, of a four game set, in St. Louis. That put the winning streak on the line in game three with  Ryu on the mound. Ryu, coming off a great outing in relief, responded his best start of the season. However, the offense fell silent and the Dodgers and the winning streak was snapped at six. The offense disappeared again on Thursday, and the Dodgers ended up with a split in the series. Kershaw kicked off the Milwaukee series by pitching masterfully, he struck out 14 and collected his 2,000 career strikeout. Santana drilled his one mistake, however and that gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead. A big 9th inning home run by Grandal tied it, and Bellinger broke the tie in the 12th with monster shot of his own. The bullpen was dominant, and helped secure the victory in game one. That success didn’t last long, as the following game, the bullpen allowed 5 earned runs in the 7th inning, including a grand slam. The Dodgers battled back, and after trimming the lead in the 8th, they came back in the 9th, with a Chris Taylor grand slam. This helped secure a series win, in a series where they easily could have been swept. Their loss on Sunday dropped them back out of first place by .5 a game, but if they play like they played this week, they’ll be back in no time (aside from the days when the offense doesn’t show up)

5/29  5-1 W @STL

5/30 9-4 W @STL

5/31 1-2 L @STL

6/1 0-2 L @STL

6/2 2-1 W @MIL

6/3 10-8 W @MIL

6/4 0-3 L @MIL

Record For The Week: 4-3

Injury Update:

  • Luis Avilan begins rehab assignment (tricep tightness)
  • Adam Liberatore (left forearm tightness)
  • Joc Pederson (concussion) begins baseball activities
  • Rob Segedin moved to 60 day DL (toe)
  • Justin Turner (should begin rehab this week)
  • Alex Wood (shoulder) placed on DL

Player of the Week: Kenley Jansen

Really could have gone a number of ways with this one as there was no obvious standout, though, a lot of nice moments from many. However, Jansen has been great and this week was no exception. He also has 40 strikeouts this season and still hasn’t walked anyone. Insane.

Key Moments:

  • Bellinger throws out runner at home
  • Forsythe first Dodgers home run
  • Utley smiled
  • Kershaw’s 2,000th Career Strikeout
  • Grandal’s game tying home run  in the 9th
  • Bellinger’s game winning home run in the 12th
  • Chris Taylor’s game winning grand slam in the 9th
  • Dodgers strikeout 26 brewers over 12 innings

Week Nine Puig:

You got “ That’ll Do, Puig!”

I usually have an idea of what to expect when I look at Puig’s stats from week to week, because he’s either swinging at everything or tearing it up. This week, his success was pretty low key. He cut down on the strikeouts this week, in fact he walked just as much as he struck out and hit .368. He didn’t have a home run or make a bunch of crazy plays in the outfield but he was still pretty productive. Not bad for your number eight hitter…

Pitch of the Week: HAHAHA

Swing of the Week: Comeback Complete

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