LOS ANGELES – After a sweep in Seattle that led to a division title, the Dodgers were back home to continue their winning ways. J.D. Martinez went off at the plate and the bullpen was lights out after Lance Lynn to provide a solid win in game one against Detroit.
Martinez was the star of the offense in this one, with his 22nd career multi-homer game and fourth this season alone. He drove in five of the Dodgers eight runs as well and has 91 RBI in only 101 games.
Miguel Rojas also had a multi-hit game and has continued to hit the cover off the ball recently. He had two hits and two runs scored with an RBI to supplement the bottom of the lineup with some offense.
Lance Lynn started on the mound and looked sharp through four innings until a three-run home run by Jake Rogers put Detroit right back in the game. Lynn would finish that fifth inning before being removed for the bullpen with a final line of five innings giving up just those three runs and six strikeouts.
The bullpen nailed down the game once again going four innings and not giving up a single baserunner after Lynn exited. The combination of Alex Vesia, Caleb Ferguson, Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly struck out seven Tigers en route to a comfortable victory.
The Dodgers are now 92-57 and have 13 games remaining in the regular season.
Here are my three takeaways:
Freddie Freeman Makes History…Again
Freeman is the first Dodger first baseman to have a 20-20 season, stealing 20 bases to go along with his 26 home runs. Also, Freeman is chasing his first 200-hit season and stands at 196 at this point, with 199 last year. Freddie continues to elevate his already stamped accolades and Hall of Fame status with record after record with the Dodgers.
Miguel Rojas Is Swinging a Hot Bat
During the month of September, Rojas has completely turned around his offensive game. We all know how excellent he is at shortstop, and should be worthy of a Gold Glove award, but recently he is gaining serious momentum on offense going into the playoffs. He is hitting .356, with a .396 OBP and a .952 OPS, but he is also now hitting for more power and pulling the ball in the air to do so. This version of Rojas would be a huge add in the postseason…
Dodgers Honor Miguel Cabrera
It is Miguel Cabrera’s final year in the big leagues and many teams are offering him a send-off gift themed around that city’s popular items or spots. The Dodgers chose to give Cabrera a replica star of fame from Hollywood’s walk of fame. For Cabrera, who is certainly going to be a Hall of Famer one day, this kind of gift should rank up in his top five for most impressive. The Dodgers always have to make their gifts grand, and they sure did with this important one.
The Dodgers have not announced a starter yet, but they will face Miguel Díaz for the Detroit Tigers. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM PST Tuesday.