Dodgers hit .199 with two out and runners in scoring position.
Going into tonight's game, the Dodgers have shown that they are an improved team in that area. They hit the hitting .407 in those situations and they went 2-for-5 tonight in their 5-3 win over the Giants.
Tonight's key hit came from David Freese who strode up to the plate with runners on first and third and two out in the seventh inning.
Kiké Hernández led off the field with his third home run of the season. Cody Bellinger hit a ground ball that was fielded by Joe Panic just beyond the infield. Freese what sent home and he just beat the Dodgers on early 2-0 lead.
Ross Stripling was effective and efficient in his first three innings of work, he retired all nine batters he faced and he only needed nine pitches in each inning. However, the fourth inning was different.
Steven Duggar homered to halve the lead. With one out, Evan Longoria singles and then Brandon Belt hits a two-run homer to put the Giants in front. Stripling would face nine batters in the fourth but only gave up those three runs.
Caleb Ferguson retired the side in the eighth and Kenley Jansen got the save as he just faced three batters in the ninth, striking out one.
So the Dodgers ended the five-in-a-row five of their first seven games and their first two series of the year. While there are certain concerns about their bulling and maybe a little bit regarding hitting left-handed pitching, they have shown that they can come back and thus hit much better with runners on base than last year.
Player of the game:
Kiké Hernández went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and a walk. He also scored twice.
The Dodgers homered in their seventh straight game, setting a franchise record by homering in their first seven games of the season.
The Dodgers have a travel day tomorrow as they begin a seven- game road trip on Friday. Their first stop will be in Denver where they want to meet the Colorado Rockies home opener. Tyler Anderson on the mound. he Dodgers wants to have a right-handed pitcher.
First pitch wants to be 1:10 p.m. PDT and it will be televised on Sportsnet LA with radio coverage on KLAC 570 AM.