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Dodgers explode for big win over Yankees behind Hernandez

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
The Dodgers took their second straight over the Yankees as the offense plated 11 runs for the second time in the last three days.

Teoscar Hernandez had another monster night at the plate, while Gavin Stone and the bullpen kept the Yankees in check to secure an 11-3 victory for the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

Stone (7-2) picked up his third consecutive victory as he managed to dance around the eight hits he allowed. He struck out six and walked two before being pulled after 5 2/3 innings of work.

The righty tossed a season-high 101 pitches (65 strikes) despite going less than six innings for just the second time since April 20.

He has now struck out six or more batters in three consecutive starts after managing to do so just one time in any of his previous appearances this season.

It was a well-rounded day at the plate for Los Angeles, which received RBI contributions from five different players. Teoscar Hernadez once again headlined the action, as his 6-RBI performance boosted the squad to a comfortable victory.

He came up big at Yankee Stadium for the second straight day as the Dodgers clinched the series.

The Yankees saw the majority of their run support come from Aaron Judge. He blasted his 22nd and 23rd homers of the season to bring home two of the three Yankee runs. It was an otherwise frustrating day at the plate as the Yankees failed to cash in when they had their opportunities.

The Dodgers (41-25) have now won three in a row and have scored 24 runs in their past three games. Their lead over the Padres in the NL West is currently at 8.5 games.

Here are three takeaways:

Hernandez strikes again

After delivering the big-time double in the 11th inning on Friday night, Hernandez once again made his presence felt. He struck first for the Dodgers in the top of the second with a solo shot that gave him his first RBI of the night.

He would then bring home another run for Los Angeles in the top of the sixth as he grounded into a force out that brought home Freddie Freeman. His premier moment of the night, however, came in the eighth inning.

The right-fielder stepped up with the bases loaded as his team looked to expand upon their 4-2 lead. He took a changeup from Tommy Kanhle and blasted a grand slam to bury the Yankees in an 8-2 hole.

It was his 15th blast of the year and second of the night. He cashed in 6 of the 11 Dodger runs for the game as Yankee fans headed for the exits early. The slam was the second of the season for the 31-year-old and the fifth of his career. He is now tied again with Shohei Ohtani for the team lead in homers.

Hernandez finished 2 for 4, adding a walk as he reached base three times. It has been an excellent year for him so far as he’s currently on pace to set a new season-high in homers.

The power he provides has continuously lifted the Dodgers in big spots. He is now responsible for 8 of the 13 runs that Los Angeles has scored in the series so far.

Stone navigates early trouble

It wasn’t the flashiest start, but Stone managed to stay firm and keep the Yankees in check. His day started by allowing singles to Anthony Volpe and Alex Verdugo.

However, he would retire the next three batters to work out of trouble. Of his eight hits allowed, four of them would come in the first two innings. New York managed to get on the board in the second via a forceout from Austin Wells that brought home Gleyber Torres.

From the third inning on, Stone allowed four hits and one run as he crossed the finish line in a much better fashion. He also tallied five of his six strikeouts during that time frame.

The 25-year-old’s ERA now stands at 2.93. Since posting a 4.95 ERA across the months of March and April, he has been lights out. He tallied an ERA of 1.97 in May and has now allowed just two earned runs across his first two appearances in June.

He has taken just one loss since April 7 and used Saturday night to prove that he is capable of delivering under the bright lights.

Despite allowing eight hits for just the second time this season, he executed his pitches in some big spots to get out of danger. The Dodgers have a weapon in their rotation, and he was a big part of the equation in the win.

Bullpen comes up clutch for Dodgers

The bullpen was immediately thrown into a pressure situation as Alex Vesia replaced Gavin Stone with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning. Needing one out to escape the jam, he induced a flyout from Anthony Volpe.

The big out helped finalize Stone’s line as he was able to breathe a big sigh of relief. Vesia would then pitch a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to set things up for Ryan Yarbrough.

Vesia has been nothing short of dominant for the Dodgers this season. He has allowed four earned runs across 30 innings this season.

His 1.20 ERA tells the story of how hitters have fared against him. The 5-year veteran tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball on Saturday as he brought his strikeout total on the year to 41.

Yarbrough, another solid bullpen piece for Los Angeles, would get the squad across the finish line. He pitched the eighth and ninth innings, striking out one and walking one. His one blemish of the night was Aaron Judge’s ninth-inning blast.

The left-hander has posted a 3.12 ERA so far. In his second year with the Dodgers, he is looking to improve upon his 4.89 ERA from 2023. His two innings of work were crucial in shutting the door on the Yankees to seal the win.

Los Angeles and New York will meet for the series finale at 4:10 p.m. Sunday. The Dodgers will send out one of their aces, Tyler Glasnow (6-4, 2.93 ERA), to face Yankees rookie Luis Gil (8-1, 1.82 ERA).

Gil has jumped on the scene as an early rookie of the year and Cy Young candidate. Los Angeles will look to put a hold on his dominance and hand New York their first sweep of the season.