And on it goes, the Dodgers – yawn – winning again, setting a season-high this, a career-high that.
Despite Matt Kemp's being out with a sprained ankle and Yasiel Puig still acting mortal (at least at the plate), the Dodgers kept rolling Monday night, hammering the Blue Jays 14-5 in Toronto for their fourth consecutive victory and 21st in their last 26 games.
The victory lifted the Dodgers a season-high four games over .500 (51-47). It was their season high in runs. They pounded out 16 hits, one shy of their season best. All this followed Sunday’s nine-run, 15-hit game in Washington, which apparently was a mere warmup.
Catcher A.J. Ellis led the offensive show. He had a game to remember, driving in a career-high five runs. He started it off with a two-run homer in the Dodgers’ four-run second. And they never looked back.
Contributions came from everywhere. Carl Crawford had his second consecutive three-hit game. Skip Schumaker added a three-run home run, his first homer of the season. Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis each had two hits.
In an encouraging sign, after scoring the four runs in the second, the Dodgers kept it coming, scoring single runs in the third and fourth, and four more in both the sixth and seventh innings.
It was a good night to beat their chests offensively, because left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was something less than sharp.
Ryu, who pitched once a week in South Korea, had been given an extended rest between starts over the All-Star break. He last pitched on July 10.
He went 5 1/3 rough innings, allowing four runs, nine hits and a pair of walks. Despite struggling – he threw 102 pitches -- Ryu raised his record to 8-3.
He picked a great night to struggle with his command, the offense continuing to play with newfound confidence. In their last two games, the Dodgers have piled up 23 runs and 31 hits.
Puig snapped an 0-for-12 streak with an RBI single in the second, his only hit in five at-bats. Yet he still managed a highlight play.
Starting in center field for Kemp, Puig ran seemingly the length of the outfield to chase down an eighth-inning drive by J.P. Arencibia in the gap in right-center, making a one-handed catch before crashing into an area of the wall covered with a chain-link fence.
It hasn’t hurt the Dodgers’ cause that they have opened the second half against two struggling teams, the Nationals and Blue Jays. Toronto has lost eight of 11. The Blue Jays helped the Dodgers' cause with five errors.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun