Ross Stripling and Cody Bellinger had their moments. Stripling set the tone on Saturday afternoon – continuing to be a Winning Man’s Pitcher as I like to call him. He had a career high nine strikeouts.
Perhaps it was Matt Kemp with the crowning moment of the weekend. Kemp’s two-run double off Sean Doolittle in the top of the ninth of game two was one of those moments that can change a season.
Kemp’s incredible resurgence in Dodger blue rolls onward. He’s staying healthy, playing the role perfectly, and providing steady leadership offensively as Los Angeles gets key cogs healthy.
On Sunday, the Dodgers won again 7-2. They beat Stephen Strasburg behind Alex Wood’s quality pitching. Wood lowered his season ERA to 3.32, which should at least raise an eyebrow and let folks know that this guy’s talent isn’t going away. Wood picked up his first win of the 2018 season, which was long overdue based on how he’s thrown.
Yasiel Puig, Yasmani Grandal and Kike Hernandez all homered. Hernandez’s blast off Strasburg broke the game wide open and gave Los Angeles a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Dodgers have somehow won four in a row after their low-point stretch in a few years. They return home to Chavez Ravine for three series that could be the most defining of the season. They must play well at home and inch closer to the .500 mark overall.
They sit five games back of Arizona. The NL West feels like it’s going to be up for grabs in a summer dogfight, and Los Angeles will have their shot if they execute.