After an anemic first couple months of the season D.K. Metcalf Jersey , the Dodgers are powering balls out of the stadium at a near record rate.
Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger each hit a solo home run, Joc Pederson added a two-run shot and Los Angeles defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers improved to 17-6 in June and have slugged a major league-leading 51 homers this month. That’s the second-most during any month in franchise history. With three days remaining, they have a chance to overtake last year’s team that set the record with 53 while the single-season record of 58 in a month is within reach, too.
”It just seems like they’re taking really good swings,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ”When there’s a mistake in the strike zone, we hit it hard.”
The Dodgers hit 25 home runs in late March and April and 31 in May. The current surge is being generated by a variety of players.
”It’s scary facing us,” Bellinger said. ”We’re clicking right now.”
After not homering in a 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday that snapped their four-game winning streak, the Dodgers got going early despite not having Matt Kemp in the lineup. The outfielder, who is hitting .311, served a one-game suspension after losing his appeal with Major League Baseball for a scuffle with Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos on June 13.
Muncy homered over the center-field wall in the first for his ninth long ball this month and 16th of the season. The ball hit something beyond the wall and bounced back onto the field, grazing center fielder Albert Almora Jr. in the head.
Later in the inning, Yasmani Grandal’s two-run double with two outs gave the Dodgers the lead for good, 3-2.
Pederson followed in the second with his 10th homer of the month to make it 5-2. Enrique Hernandez extended the lead with an RBI single.
Alex Wood (4-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn his third straight win. The left-hander struck out six and walked none, retiring the final seven batters he faced.
Kenley Jansen earned a four-out save, his 21st of the season.
Chicago made it close after Wood exited. He was replaced in the eighth by Scott Alexander, who walked Jason Heyward and gave up a single to Javier Baez before Willson Contreras hit a two-run double to pull the Cubs to 6-5.
Ben Zobrist grounded back to Alexander, putting the potential tying run on third, but Jansen came in and struck out Addison Russell to end the inning.
”The at-bats had great approaches,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ”I thought we hit the ball all over the place. Javy hit it to right and right center. Same with Contreras. Good approaches. We played our butts off Nick Bosa Jersey , we just didn’t get it.”
Bellinger homered leading off the eighth against Randy Rosario, tying Muncy for the team lead with 16 homers and making it 7-5.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (5-8) gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, failing to go at least five innings for the first time in 16 starts this season. The team has lost five of his last six starts.
”I’m just searching right now, it’s just bad,” Hendricks said. ”I don’t know mechanics and I’m trying to focus mentally and go pitch-to-pitch. Something is just off. I’ve had troubles in my career, but this is up there as one of the toughest.”
Chicago took the lead in the first on a two-run homer by Contreras.
In the fifth, Heyward reached on an infield single that Wood raced to pick up along the first base line. He flipped to Bellinger, and first base umpire Alan Porter signaled that Heyward was out. But the ball came loose and second baseman Logan Forsythe, backing up the play, fired to the plate. Ian Happ, who singled leading off, was called safe to leave the Cubs trailing 6-3.
Cubs: Chicago closer Brandon Morrow (lower back tightness) was activated off the DL. He had been sidelined since June 20 after experiencing back spasms while taking his pants off. … RHP Tyler Chatwood will be available soon. Chatwood has been on paternity leave after his wife gave birth last Sunday.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (right rib microfracture) will throw three innings in a rehab start at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. If it goes well, he will have a bullpen session this weekend and could possibly return to the rotation next week. … INF-OF Chris Taylor (left hamstring) wasn’t in the lineup for the sixth straight day but pinch hit in the seventh and will start on Thursday.
Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (6-6, 4.26 ERA) starts the series finale against LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.94). Quintana is better on the road (3.22 ERA) than at home (6.00). Making his second start since coming off the disabled list, Kershaw is 5-3 in nine career starts against Chicago with a 2.64 ERA.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals had limited their first two opponents to 141 rushing yards. That made what happened in their third game all the more surprising.Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-best 184 yards and the Panthers piled up 230 yards on the ground and got two rushing scores from Cam Newton on Sunday in a 31-21 victory .“This is a different style of offense and attack and you’ve got to adjust and morph and play it and make sure we stay sound in it and play it all the time,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “We had moments where we played it perfectly. Then we had others where we didn’t.”The Panthers gouged the Bengals with runs up the middle by McCaffrey, who ran free at times behind an offensive line beset with injuries.“They switched up some run fits that we weren’t expecting http://www.cardinalscheapstore.com/byron-murphy-jersey-cheap ,” Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Billings said. “They did a few misdirection plays, screens, throw backs, nothing that we shouldn’t have stopped. We just have to get better defensively and executing.”Still, Cincinnati’s struggles against the run should be of some concern heading into next Sunday’s game at Atlanta, which traditionally has one of the best running games in the NFL behind running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman — although Freeman has missed the last two games with an injury.“They caught us in a couple bad positions and made plays,” said Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap. “This is the NFL and their players are going to make plays, too. You have to eliminate as many of those you can. We did not do a good job of that today.”Some things to know from Carolina’s win over Cincinnati:SAFETY HELP NEEDEDThe Panthers felt the loss of injured starting strong safety Da’Norris Searcy, as fill-in Colin Jones, a special teams regular, was beat on two touchdown passes . Jones was replaced by rookie Rashaan Gaulden in the fourth quarter and he could be the starter coming out of the bye week if the Panthers don’t add a veteran safety.“Colin Jones is a very physical player, a downhill player and Gaulden has some athleticism and range,” coach Ron Rivera said. “We decided down the stretch we were going to give Gaulden some opportunities.”Searcy is on the IR after sustaining two concussions in five weeks.ACTION JACKSONThe Panthers said right away they felt like they landed a big-time player when they drafted speedy cornerback Donte Jackson in the second round, and he’s proving GM Marty Hurney correct.Jackson has three interceptions in the last two games, including two Sunday.“I was like, ‘I appreciate you (No.) 14,” Jackson said of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. “He was being very generous out there.”Jackson’s pick at midfield with 3:33 to play set up Graham Gano’s 40-yard field goal to make it a 10-point game and seal Carolina’s win.BOYD FILLS THE VOIDWith A.J. Green sitting on a cooler on the sideline nursing a groin injury in the second half and the running game sputtering, the Bengals’ turned to receiver Tyler Boyd. Boyd did his part, finishing with 132 yards receiving and a touchdown.He found open space when the play broke down Dre'Mont Jones Jersey , and Dalton found him.“It’s backyard football,” said Dalton, who threw for 352 yards and two scores but was intercepted four times. “Go get open. He did a great job . and made plays.”Boyd’s 27-yard score in the third drew Cincinnati to within 28-21. He also had a 49-yard catch for the game’s longest play.“We work on the scramble drill,” Boyd said. “When I see him rolling out, I have to find the open space on the field. Andy (Dalton) did a great job escaping the pocket and finding his wide-open target.”Green said after the game he expects to play against Atlanta on Sunday, but Lewis said it’s too early to know if his star receiver will be ready.NOT SO STELLAR DAYS: Giovani Bernard had different results last time Cincinnati played Carolina. Bernard rushed for an 89-yard score and a career-best 137 yards in 37-37 tie. On Sunday, he had 61 rushing yards and a score on 12 carries as the Bengals focused mainly on their passing game.“When those opportunities come, we have to capitalize on them,” Bernard said.PAVING THE WAYHaving three starters out on the offensive line didn’t prevent the Panthers from moving the football on the ground. In fact, the Panthers thrived, averaging 5.6 yards per carry .“Honestly it doesn’t really matter for us whether people are praising us or calling us a makeshift offensive line,” said center Ryan Kalil. “We have to go to work, and we have to do our job. I’m very happy with the guys we’ve got in the group.”Panthers tackles Matt Kalil and Daryl Williams are on the injured reserve, while guard Trai Turner is out with a concussion. Tyler Larsen stepped in for Turner for the second straight week, while Chris Clark and Taylor Moton started at tackle. Cam Newton was sacked once.
plays.”Boyd’s 27-yard score in the third drew Cincinnati to within 28-21. He also had a 49-yard catch for the game’s lon
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