Dodgers on a Roll After All-Star Break
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Los Angeles Dodgers went into swing mode after the All-Star break. They went to Boston and took two of three from the Red Sox.
After an opening series lost the Dodgers pounded Chris Sale (3-9) for five runs on seven hits- with a walk and a hit batter while striking out seven. Justin Turner led off the third with a homer to give L.A. an early lead. He also had an RBI double as part of a five run fifth. Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock hit back to back homers.
Ross Stripling (4-3) allowed just one run on Xander Bogaerts homer (19) as he struck out seven ain an 11-2 rout of the SOX.
On the third and final game of the series the Dodgers out lasted the Sox 7-4 in a game that took more than 4 hours 7-4.
The Dodgers then went in took on the Phillies and launched a 19 hit attack. As Bellinger hit his 32nd and 33rd homer of the season. Alex Verdugo had 3 hits and Joc Pederson , Max Muncy and Cory Seager all chipped in with two hits a piece.
(Press time) The Dodgers were (63-33) and leading Arizona by 14 games. Some teams may become complacent but skipper Dave Robert’s is trying to avoid that.
“I would rather be 14 games up than 14 down,“ said manager Dave Robert’s. “We still have a lot of work to do and it looks like at the series. There are things we need to get better at, things we need to clean up.”