The nice thing about doing these Week In Review pieces is that they offer little snapshot of the season, but because of that small window, perspectives can shift dramatically due to one moment. For instance, entering the bottom of the 8th inning on Sunday, the Dodgers were trailing 7-3 and on the verge of finishing the week at .500. While the Nationals are a good team, and the Reds have been competitive, going 3-3 on the week would have been disappointing. Two swings later, the Dodgers were up 9-7, completing the sweep of the Reds and headed to Cleveland with a winning streak.
The NLDS rematch got off to a rough start. Despite Ryu’s longest outing in 3 years, the Dodgers couldn’t get the offense going and dropped the first game. That didn’t get any easier the following day when Scherzer took the hill. McCarthy battled along with him but the Nationals manufactured two runs on sacrifice flies. The Kershaw vs Strasburg game was as advertised, as both pitchers surrendered solo home runs in otherwise effective starts. Grandal would double in the go ahead run and help the Dodgers salvage the series.
Justin Turner returned from the DL and immediately made an impact hitting a two run shot in his first at bat, The Dodgers jumped out in front again on Saturday and Wood was solid in his return from the DL, the only mistake was a costly one, however, a three run shot by Mesoraco tied the ballgame. The Dodgers would break that tie on an RBI double by Seager, his first walk off win of his career. Ryu battled in his second start of the week, surrendering 4 runs on six hits in four innings, the offense kept it close until the Reds scored 3 in the top of the 6th. Following Bellinger’s home run to begin the 8th, the Dodgers loaded the bases, in large part to a 13 pitch at bat by Kike that resulted in a walk. That set up Corey Seager, who hit a change up into the stands giving the Dodgers a 9-7 lead. The would go on to win by that score.
The team has made it a habit of coming back late in the game this year. Earlier in the year they were able to close 10-0 deficits earlier in the year against the Rockies and Marlins. They were able to complete the comeback in Milwaukee on a grand slam by Chris Taylor. Dave Roberts commented on the teams makeup following the game:
“There’s a fight in that clubhouse. When you look at a season, a winning season, a championship season, these are games that are a reason why we’re going to be right there in the end.” — Dave Roberts
6/5 5-1 L WAS
6/6 9-4 L WAS
6/7 1-2 W WAS
6/9 2-1 W CIN
6/10 10-8 W CIN
6/11 0-3 W CIN
Record For The Week: 4-2
- Adrian Gonzalez Placed on 10-Day DL (back)
- Sergio Romo placed on 10-Day DL (ankle)
- Joc Pederson returns from DL (concussion)
- Alex Wood returns from DL (shoulder)
- Justin Turner returns from DL (hamstring)
Player of the Week: Corey Seager
Highlights for the Dodger’s shortstop include a game tying home run off of Stephen Strasburg, walk off double Saturday, and game winning grand slam on Sunday.
- Maeda 4 inning save
- Turner homers in return
- Kershaw vs Strasburg
- Seager walk off double
- Bellinger homers twice agains the Reds
- Kike’s 13 Pitch At Bat
- Seager game winning grand slam
- Jansen picks up 200th save
Week Ten Puig:
You got “Bat-less Puig!”
Puig was pretty quiet offensively. He did cut down on his strikeouts, however, 4 in the 6 games, but he also hit .188 with 0 home runs.
Swing of the Week: Could it be anything else?
Pitch of the Week: That High Cheese