LOS ANGELES ― On Might 18, Justin Turner hit a three-run residence run in opposition to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Davies. It was his fourth residence run of the season, and it was the distinction in a two-run victory.
Turner batted one other 145 instances going into Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the San Diego Padres. The seasons modified, the baseball enlivened, however the 37-year-old third baseman didn’t hit a house run. It was the longest he’s gone with out a homer, by way of video games or plate appearances, in 11 years.
That modified in a giant manner Thursday evening. Turner hit two residence runs in opposition to Padres starter Joe Musgrove, accounting for all the Dodgers’ runs in a 3-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.
Turner’s offensive heroics made the Dodgers’ pitching efforts get up. Mitch White, Justin Bruihl, Evan Phillips (2-3), Alex Vesia and Craig Kimbrel mixed to restrict San Diego to seven hits and one run within the opener of a four-game collection. The win put the Dodgers (47-28) 2½ video games forward of the Padres (46-32) within the Nationwide League West standings.
For Turner, the sport was validation of a months-long effort to show his season round.
“I used to be simply actually attempting to get (Musgrove) up within the zone,” stated Turner, who started the day with a .217 batting common. “I’ve been grinding by some stuff, feeling like I’ve been near breaking out.”
Turner had three of the Dodgers’ 5 hits earlier than an introduced sold-out crowd of 53,094. In a predictably shut recreation between the 2 finest groups of their division, two swings from Turner and one play within the area made all of the distinction.
Within the high of the primary inning, a sinking fly ball off Manny Machado’s bat ricocheted off Gavin Lux’s glove in left area. Machado wound up on second base with a double.
Two batters later, Nomar Mazara lined an 0-and-2 curveball from White into middle area for a single, scoring Machado with the sport’s first run.
Turner went to work within the backside of the second inning. He took benefit of a 1-and-1 fastball over the plate from Musgrove, sending it hovering over the left-center area fence. Rapidly, the rating was tied 1-1.
White settled in properly after the tough first inning. He pitched out of hassle with runners in scoring place on a number of events over 4⅔ innings, permitting six hits and a stroll whereas hanging out three. The proper-hander lowered his ERA to three.93 in his sixth begin of the season – his second since coming back from Triple-A.
Chris Taylor made the defensive play of the sport with one out within the second inning, catching a fly ball in proper area and throwing a one-hopper to residence plate to retire Trent Grisham trying to tag up and rating from third base. Will Smith deftly fielded the in-between hop and utilized the tag on Grisham in the identical movement.
It was a mirror picture of a play two years in the past that noticed Taylor throw out Grisham from left area to finish a 7-6 Dodgers win in San Diego.
“Apparently he has a knack for throwing Grisham out on the plate,” Turner stated of Taylor.
In between the 2 large throws, Taylor had offseason surgical procedure on his proper elbow, a process that sapped among the power from his arm. Whereas he by no means misplaced accuracy, his throws had been slower and fewer straight till just lately.
“It positively is feeling stronger because the 12 months’s gone on,” Taylor stated.
“An ideal throw,” White stated. “Good decide.”
Tied 1-1, the Dodgers couldn’t mount a rally in opposition to Musgrove. Max Muncy appeared to have a double within the fourth inning, however he was tagged out at second base when he unintentionally misplaced contact with the bag popping up on the finish of his slide.
The rating was nonetheless tied when Muncy labored an eight-pitch stroll within the seventh inning. Turner, the subsequent batter, noticed three pitches from Musgrove and hit the final – a 90-mph cutter down the center of the plate – 404 ft to right-center area for a house run. It was the thirteenth multi-homer recreation of his profession.
Musgrove (8-2) allowed solely 5 hits and struck out 10 batters, however was caught together with his second lack of the season.
Regardless of his struggles, Turner has by no means hit decrease than sixth within the batting order this season. He hit third Wednesday in Colorado; Thursday he batted fifth. Turner stated his work within the batting cage earlier within the day with Dodgers hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc “pushed me over the sting.”
For a day, the opposite aspect of the sting regarded promising.