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Dodgers dominate Giants in complete win

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Ohtani and Stone lead an overpowering win against injury-riddled Giants.

The Dodgers’ offense came to play on Tuesday against the Giants, hitting three triples, behind the stellar pitching of Gavin Stone (4-1) to win 10-2. 

Shohei Ohtani led the way for the Dodgers’ at the plate, notching three hits to go along with two RBI. The team as a whole had 13 hits on the day with four players having multi-hit games. This is the type of offense that did not show up in the last series against the Padres. 

Gavin Stone lowered his ERA to 3.27 on the year with six fantastic innings. Once again the story of the game was the bullpen. J.P. Feyereisen, Gus Varland, and Nabil Crismatt combined for only one run allowed after Stone left the game, continuing the dominance since late April. 

The Dodgers are now 29-15 on the season and first in the National League West.  

Here are three takeaways:

Ohtani Stands Out 

With his three hits including an absolute blast of a home run to right center field, Ohtani is now hitting .361 with a 1.107 OPS. Shohei has been somewhat better than his MVP years in the past and this is a guy coming off of major elbow surgery in the offseason as well. 

The most impressive part is his ability to get on base and be as dynamic of an offensive player as we have seen. 

Ohtani had a double, single and home run just to show that he can use his speed, power and baseball IQ to find gaps and take advantage of the defense. He could be the best hitter in baseball…

Gavin Stone Continues Hot Stretch

In his last four starts, Stone has allowed four earned runs in total and thrown at least six innings in each of those starts. His ERA in that span is 1.38 and he continues to shine on the mound. 

Stone was looked at as more of a backend starter or long relief option at the beginning of the season, but now he has solidified himself as one of the top arms in the rotation. 

With the likes of Tyler Glasnow and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, it can be hard to notice what James Paxton and Stone have done this year, but they are both on a roll and looking better and better with each start. 

Dodgers Have Reinforcements Coming 

Although the Dodgers have been scorching hot as of late (regardless of the weekend series against the Padres), they do have some familiar faces on the mend. 

Jason Heyward is currently on a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City, and looks like he will need an extended stay to shake some rust off. 

Bobby Miller will throw two simulated innings in Arizona on Wednesday and the team will evaluate him from there. 

Finally, Evan Phillips is set to throw off of a mound for the first time since his hamstring injury a while back. 

These three are certainly missed and the team will have a conundrum with roster moves soon. 

The Dodgers will likely use an opener on Wednesday against the lethal Logan Webb for San Francisco. The final game of this three game series is set for 6:45 PM PST.