LOS ANGELES – For the majority of the 11-game homestand, the Dodgers’ pitching personnel brought the group. But on Sunday, it was the offense that put the last stamp on among the most effective homestands in franchise history.
Behind a six-run surge in the 3rd inning, the Dodgers finished a four-game sweep of the Cubs with an 11-9 win on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles swept the season series versus the Cubs for the very first time in franchise history.
With the win, the Dodgers likewise finished up the season-long 11-game homestand with a 10-1 record, connecting the 1976 and ’80 groups for the very best in Dodger Stadium history in a homestand of that length. Their only loss came last Sunday versus the Padres after a blown save by Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.
“We’ve been playing good, especially these 20 games in a row that we just did,” stated Dodgers initially baseman Freddie Freeman. “And the key was our pitching staff this whole time. They give us chances late in games and for us to be able to get the big hits at the end of games. It was nice to be able to pick them up, because they picked us up the whole time.”
All 5 runs versus Urías was available in the very first inning, which was topped off with a P.J. Higgins grand slam. Urías didn’t get assist from his defense, however the left-hander’s command was off from the dive; he struck 2 batters in the very first inning and strolled another. The 5 runs allowed the very first were the most Urías has actually ever quit in any frame, and he required 45 pitches to make it through the very first, likewise a profession high.
“I just didn’t have it and missed my spots,” Urías stated. “Those are things that happen, and it happened today. Now I just need to flip the page and try to learn from it for my next start.”
The Dodgers’ offense, which has actually been counting on late production recently, stepped up in a huge method to bail out Urías. Los Angeles reacted to Chicago’s five-run very first inning with 3 runs of its own in the bottom half.
Then in the 3rd, the Dodgers utilized a Will Smith RBI groundout, a Gavin Lux bases-loaded walk, 2 operate on a tossing mistake by Patrick Wisdom and a Trea Turner two-run single to take the lead.
Freeman, who was likewise ended the NL All-Star group in his very first season with the Dodgers, included some insurance coverage with his 11th homer of the season. Freeman — a five-time All-Star with Atlanta — went 4-for-5 on Sunday. That sufficed for the Dodgers’ bullpen, who needed to bring the load with 7 combined innings of work.
“For the offense to come and do that and grind it all the way to the end,” Freeman stated, “that’s what special teams do.”
With the Dodgers attempting to keep away from Kimbrel and Evan Phillips, they asked Brusdar Graterol to tape-record the last 6 outs of the video game. He acquired a two-on, no-outs circumstance in the 8th however ended the danger by causing a forceout and an inning-ending double play. He then finished his very first six-out save of his profession with a tidy ninth.
Despite being 27 video games over .500, the Dodgers have actually been aiming to fume for the very first time this season. That took place over the recently and a half at Dodger Stadium.
“This homestand is the best baseball we played the last couple of weeks,” Roberts stated. “This is Dodger baseball.”