The Dodgers' Max Muncy first home run of the game. Photo by Larry Salazar/T.G.Sportstv1
7/24/20 Los Angeles, Ca - Max Muncy stole the show belting two solo homers in the Dodgers smooth sailing victory over the Giants.
No crowd, no problem. The 9-1 victory was easy and efficient as the Dodgers handled the Giants for a second straight night.
“Potent, dangerous, explosive, exciting...not really one word you can name for it,” said Muncy when asked to describe the Dodger offense.
Unlike their victory last night, Muncy wasted no time putting the home team on the board quickly and early in just the second at-bat of the game for the Dodgers.
“It was really good to see him have a good night,” said Manager Dave Roberts.
The Dodgers' Ross Strippling pitched seven-strong innings in his debut. Photo by Larry Salazar/T.G.Sportstv1.
Ross Stripling pitched a gem on the mound for the Dodgers allowing 4 hits and 1 run in 7 innings.
It just another day at the office with no crowd for Stripling. “Luckily I was sitting in there for Dustin May’s start yesterday,” said Stripling. “You’re playing the Giants our rival so it’s a ton of fun. It’s always fun to play a Major League Baseball game.”
“You still get some adrenaline going, you’re in the major leagues facing the rival giants but I do miss the 50,000 Dodger fans screaming,” Stripling added.
It was a relative breeze for the starter with his only blemish occurring in the third inning off the bat of Giants' right fielder Jaylin Davis for a solo homer.
The Dodgers put together a hitting clinic and showed what their star-studded lineup is capable of doing night in and night out tallying 13 hits with ease.
The Giants' Jaylin Davis rounding the bases after his solo home run. Photo by Larry Salazar/T.G.Sportstv1.
In the fifth, Dodger utility man Chris Taylor collided with Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval on a hard sprint to first base causing Taylor to flip landing on his back and Sandoval square on Taylor’s head.
“I think CT is going to have some soreness tomorrow. Pablo [Sandoval] is built like a fire hydrant,” said Roberts.
Both players needed a moment to collect their breaths but remained in the game.
The Dodgers' Mookie Betts gets his first RBI as an member of the Big Blue. Photo by Larry Salazar/T.G.Sportstv1.
The best moment of the day happened pregame wither Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw telling the media his back issue that caused him to miss an opening day start is improving.
"It's not too serious," Kershaw said. "It's getting better pretty quick."
Kershaw’s MRI came back clean with no structural damage and 3x Cy Young winner should be back on the mound in no time.
Mookie Betts collected his first RBI in a Dodger uniform going 1 for 6. For more photos from this game click on the link below. All the photos in the gallery are by Larry Salazar/T.G.Sportstv1.