Dodgers and Rookies are “Hotter Than July”

Dodgers and Rookies are “Hotter Than July”

Dodgers and Rookies are “Hotter Than July”

Dodgers Will Smith was part of the Rookies to hit three consecutive walk off homers. (courtesy photo)Dodgers and Rookies are “Hotter Than July”

Dodgers Will Smith was part of the Rookies to hit three consecutive walk off homers. (courtesy photo)Dodgers and Rookies are “Hotter Than July”

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The last week the Los Angeles Dodgers had a youth movement of sorts as rookies Matt Beaty, Alex Verdugo and Will Smith stepped up in big moments during games.

With a the game tied 2-2 in the ninth against Colorado at Dodger Stadium Max Muncy walked. Then it was Beaty who stepped up against the Rockies and launched a walk-off home run over the centerfield fence to give the men in blue the win.

“I just felt like I was floating around the bases, I just tried to soak it in ” said Beaty. It was his second home run of the season. 

The hit helped Walker Buehler get the win as he had a career high 16 strikeouts while throwing a complete game. Buehler was superb as 15 of the 16 Rockies who struck-out went down swinging.

In game two of the series it was rookie Alex Verdugo who gave the Dodgers a second straight walk-off win, as in the bottom of the 11thinning he ripped a home run over the right field fence to give the home team a 5-4 win. “This guy love the big moment, he really does,” said manager Dave Roberts.  “He doesn’t run from it , he wants to be the guy to be showered with the Gatorade after games. It couldn’t have ended better for us.”

Joe Kelly (2-3) got the win. Hyun –Jin Ryu went six inning giving up six hits while striking out five on 107 pitches.

On the final game of the series with the score knotted 3-3 in the 9th it was another rookie Will Smith who on a 1-0 count went “Uptown” with a drive that cleared the  right center-field wall to give the Dodgers a 6-3 victory. It was the first time in MLB history that three rookies ever hit walk-off home runs in three consecutive games. Rockie’s manager Bud Black walked Muncy to allow Smith to homer.

“That was sick,” said Chris Taylor.  I think we are all still in a little shock.”  Taylor had hit a three run that gave the dodgers a 3-2  in the 7th inning.

The Dodgers took three of four games from the Cubs and the Giants.  The wins against Chicago enabled them to claim the season series which may matter come play-off time.

The Dodgers (at press time) are 55-25 with a 13 game lead over the Rockies in the NL West. They have won the last 9 of 10 games and are truly "Hotter Than July'.

 Dodger NOTES: Cody Bellinger and Joc Peterson are the Dodger finalist for starting in the All-Star Game. Bellinger leads the Majors with 3685,170. Peterson finished ninth among the outfielders. SS Cory Seager is soft tossing the ball.  

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