Joc, Brock and the gang combine the effort
This 6-2 win over Arizona on Saturday was one of those games where it’s too hard to focus on one player’s effort. But Joc Pederson has to be mentioned first.
Pederson hit a 3-2 Shelby Miller pitch to the walkway above the seats in right-center field in Chase Field for a 463-foot, two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead at the time.
It is now the longest home run by a Dodger this season, passing Justin Turner, who hit a 458-foot homer on June 14 against these same Diamondbacks.
Corey Seager tripled in the top of the first inning to tie Steve Sax (1982) for the most hits by an L.A. Dodger rookie at 180. He broke the record in the top of the ninth with a single. He also extended his L.A. rookie record for runs scored to 98 when he scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 6-2.
Josh Reddick gets the next nod. The right-fielder went 3 for 5 and is now 16 for 41 in September (.390).
Chase Utley is finding it. After reaching a season low .246 on Wednesday, he’s 7 for 13 in this series after a two-hit night on Saturday.
Brock Stewart had his third straight strong start, going five innings and allowing two earned runs — solo homers by Jean Segura and Welington Castillo. Stewart has gone five innings in each of his last three starts and has a 1.80 ERA in those games.
He got some help by Andrew Toles in a stressful fourth inning when Toles threw Yasmany Tomas out at the plate with a strong throw to end the inning.
Kenley Jansen answered the questions as to how he’s feeling. After reports on Friday night and Saturday afternoon that he was nursing some right wrist irritation, Jansen came on in the ninth and struck out the side. He’s struck out 16 of the last 28 batters he faced.
Since 2014, the Dodgers are 40-16 against the Diamondbacks, including a 12-6 mark against them this year. The last nine have been particularly tough for two of Arizona’s biggest bats — Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb.
Goldschmidt and Lamb have combined to go 10 for 62 with no home runs and 24 strikeouts in those games. The Dodgers are 7-2 in those contests. The Diamondback duo went a combined 0 for 8 with six strikeouts on Saturday.