Of course it's just a statistic of the batting average, but last year the Dodgers hit .199 with two out and runners in scoring position. That was tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the lowest average in baseball.
By entering the game tonight, the Dodgers have shown that they are an improved team in that area. They entered the game with a .407 average in those situations and left with 2 of 5 tonight in their 5-3 victory over the Giants.
The key hit tonight was David Freese, who went to the plate with runners in first and third and two in the seventh inning. He led a pitch off the wall in right field to score both runners and that put the Dodgers back on top for a run.
Kiké Hernández opened the game with her third homer of the season. With two outs and runners in first and second, Cody Bellinger hit a ground ball that was thrown by Joe Panik just beyond the infield. Freese was sent home and he simply beat the tag to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead.
Ross Stripling was effective and efficient in his first three innings of work, retired the nine batters he faced and only needed nine pitches in each inning. However, the fourth entry was different.
Steven Duggar homered to halve the lead. With one out, Evan Longoria hit a single and then Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer to put the Giants in front. Stripling would face nine batters in the fourth but only abandoned those three races.
Stripling would continue and throw in the seventh inning; In general, he pitched 6 innings to allow those three runs and six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Scott Alexander retired the two batters he faced to finish with the seventh.
The Dodgers would add an insurance run when Chris Taylor doubled home Bellinger in the eighth inning.
Caleb Ferguson retired the team in order in the eighth and Kenley Jansen got the save when he faced only three batters in the ninth, striking out one.
So the Dodgers ended the stay at home winning five of their first seven games and won their first two series of the year. While there are doubts about his bullpen and maybe a little bit about the left-handed pitchers, they have also shown that they can come back and hit much better with the runners at the 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 hit a home run in their seventh consecutive game, setting a franchise record by scoring in their first seven games of the season.
On the other hand, they have also abandoned at least one homer in the same seven games to start the season.
Look into the future:
The Dodgers have a day trip tomorrow, as they start a seven-game road trip on Friday. His first stop will be in Denver, where they will be the visitors of the first game of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are scheduled to have left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson on the mound. The Dodgers will have right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda go for them in the first game of the series.
The first release will be at 1:10 p.m. PDT and will be televised on Sportsnet LA with radio coverage on KLAC 570 AM.