With A 6-1 lead, the game was called after the delay lasted over an hour and the Dodgers had themselves an unconventional victory. The Dodgers caught a break in a season where plenty have gone against them.
While the team was happy to win their first series since beating the Cincinnati Reds in two of the three games played May 26-28, one look at the NL West standings put things in perspective. The San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets Sunday, are riding a five-game winning streak and are winners in eight of their last 10 games.
That stretch has the Giants 9.5 games ahead of the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw keeping an eye on the division rival, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
We need all the wins we can get,” Kershaw said. “San Francisco’s not slowing down. As tough as it is not to look up at the scoreboard, we just have to keep trying to win. Hopefully, this is a good start.”
Matt Kemp, who’s showed some signs of life at the plate during the weekend series, going 5-for-9 with two triples and three RBIs, shared a similar sentiment:
Every series is important, especially the way the Giants are playing,” Kemp said. “They’re winning a lot of series. We have to continue to win series.”
The Dodgers now head to Cincinnati where they are schedule to play a four-game set with the Reds, weather permitting. Sunday’s win has the Dodgers’ road record at 20-12, which is tied with the Giants.
Already having beaten the Reds at Dodger Stadium, they will now look to do so at the Great American Ballpark where the Reds are .500 through 30 games this season. The Dodgers may once again be shorthanded as Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig are considered day-to-day with hip injuries.
However, Mattingly stated prior to Sunday’s game both players would workout and may be available off the bench. With the rain causing the game to be called early, a situation never presented itself to see if either were healthy enough to contribute.
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