The LA Dodgers put the San Francisco Giants on blast last night at Dodger Stadium. In a non-competitive game, the Dodgers laid the wood with a 9-0 win over the Giants. The Dodgers were winners in all facets of the game, recording 14 hits to just 4 for the Giants. Clayton Kershaw was in tip-top form, as he went 7 strong innings of scoreless baseball.
The Giants managed just 3 hits off Kershaw. Enrique Hernandez made sure there was something to talk about with the offense as well. The pinch-hitter connected for a bases clearing grand slam in the 7th inning to give the Dodgers a 6-run inning. That put the game out of reach, but the Giants weren’t doing anything offensively anyway.
Last night was an impressive response by the Dodgers after they were edged out the night before. The Giants at least made sure that they weren’t getting swept by getting a 3-2 win on Monday. It’s awfully difficult to hold the Dodger offense down for too long, though. After Tyler Beede held the Dodgers in check, they exploded against Shaun Anderson and the bullpen last night.
The Dodgers were in need of a night like that. In their previous three games they had scored just 6 runs in total. That’s not very Dodger like, but they woke up last night, aided by the Hernandez grand slam off the bench. Drew Pomeranz had his way against the Dodgers not too long ago.
It was on June 7th when Pomeranz got into a pitching duel with Kershaw and won that duel by a score of 2-1. We’ll see if he can duplicate that performance at Dodger Stadium like he did in San Francisco. Rich Hill will get the starting nod for the Dodgers in this one. Head below for our free Giants vs. Dodgers pick.
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Drew Pomeranz was locked in and had one of his best starts of the year in his most recent showing against the Dodgers. He looked like he was determined to play better than Kershaw, and for at least one night, Pomeranz came out a winner against Kershaw. I hope he enjoyed it, because, yeah. No one is going to remember that one, but Kershaw has some memorable starts. Although, I’m sure he wants to round out his career with a memorable outing in the World Series. That’s far more likely to happen for him than Pomeranz.
Pomeranz did parlay that success start against the Dodgers into another one vs the Brewers. He shutout the Dodgers across 5 innings, and then did the same against the Brewers. In his last ten innings, Pomeranz hasn’t allowed a run and has surrendered just 8 hits during that time. However, this is a rare stretch of success for Pomeranz, as he has an overall ERA of 6.43 in 2019.
Obviously, he’s had some rough outings as well with those numbers. His worst work has come on the road this season, posting an ERA of 8.87, 1.93 WHIP, and .412 OBA on the road. Remember that his first meeting this season against the Dodgers was in San Francisco. Now he will have to find a way to duplicate that performance on the road in a hostile environment. I see him running into a buzzsaw here at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are likely going to be motivated to not allow Pomeranz to silence them twice in less than a month.
Rich Hill has been rock solid for the Dodgers this season, but doesn’t get much attention pitching in a rotation with other standout talent in it. Hill has quietly gone about his business for an ERA of 2.60 and 1.13 WHIP. He has yet to allow more than 3 runs in a start since September 15th of 2018. That is 16 straight outings between this season and last. Look for the Dodgers to win another against their rivals tonight. Don’t expect a 9-run win, but they likely get this one by 2 or more runs.