Dodger Welcome Back Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp in the Lineup
Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp returned to the lineup, and instant offense! The Dodgers beat the D-Backs 9-3 as Kemp went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI while Ramirez went 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored.
It was amazing. After Mark Ellis hit a one-out single in the first inning off of Patrick Corbin, Hanley Ramirez lined a single to left field. After Adrian Gonzalez popped out and the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Matt Kemp hit the first of his two doubles giving the Dodgers the 2-0 lead.
But the hits didn't stop there. Juan Uribe hit a homer to left field to give the Dodgers the 4-0 lead. If this were early American history, we'd throw Ramirez and Kemp into a lake to see if they floated and were witches.
It looked like with the threat of the two of them in the lineup, other players got good pitches to hit. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run bomb in the third inning that knocked Corbin out of the game. Mark Ellis and Kemp each had RBI singles in the fourth.
Give Zack Greinke eight runs of support, and it will be a hard time for the opposition to even get a whiff of hope in the game. He went six innings giving up two runs.
The Dodgers tacked on a run in the eighth inning for good measure.
What this last week shows is the Dodgers need their players to be healthy. The presence of Hanley and Matt and Andre and Adrian and Yasiel in the lineup makes the Dodger dangerous. One mistake to any of these players could spell a long day for the opposition. Ask Patrick Corbin.
The magic number is now down to two. Could tomorrow be the night?