Photo credit: @HansGutknecht
By Jeremy Kahn
In what was a close game turned out into a blowout with one swing of the bat for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Enrique Hernandez hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Dodgers broke open a close game on their way to a 9-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Hernandezs grand slam turned a 5-0 lead into a 9-0 game, as the Dodgers evened the four-game series at one game apiece.
Clayton Kershaw went seven innings, allowing just three hits, walking two and striking out six on his way to his seventh win of the season.
The Dodgers got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as Joc Pederson hit a two-run home run off of Shaun Anderson to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead.
It was a tough outing for Anderson, who went five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, walking three and striking out two, as his record fell to 2-2 on the season.
The Giants could not muster anything against Kershaw, as they got just three hits on the night against Kershaw and the Dodgers bullpen.
Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3, while Donovan Solano picked up the only other hit for the Giants, as he went 1-for-3 on the evening.
The usual good Giants bullpen did not look so good, as they gave up six runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out two over the final two and one-thirds innings of work.
Dylan Floro and Joe Kelly pitched the final two innings for the Dodgers, as the combined to walk just one and strike out four.
Pederson led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run off of Anderson, and the Dodgers never looked back.
Alex Verdugo then singled, and Justin Turner made it 2-0 in favor of the Dodgers with a double to left field.
Chris Taylor drove in the third run of the evening, as he reached on a bunt single that scored Max Muncy from third base.
Muncy walked to lead off the inning with a walk off of Anderson, and then Matt Beaty singled Muncy to third.
After Kershaw sacrificed for the second out of the inning, Derek Holland came on to replace Anderson and Hernandez, who came on to bat for Pederson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Holland then got out of the jam, as Verdugo flew out to left field, where Tyler Austin made a diving catch to end the inning.
Things got out of the hand in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Dodgers scored six runs in the inning.
Turner struck out to open the inning, but then the flood gates open for the two-time defending National League Champions.
Cody Bellinger then singled, and then Muncy singled him to third base and what was the end of the night for Holland, who turned the ball over to Trevor Gott, who got David Freese to ground into a fielders choice that scored Bellinger.
Unfortunately, Gott then gave up a single to Taylor and then Austin Barnes singles to score Freese, then Kyle Garlick walked to load the bases and then Hernandez launched a Gott pitch 416 feet into the left field pavilion.
NOTES: Kershaw is now 23-11 all-time in his career versus the Giants.
Pablo Sandoval sat out the game against Kershaw, as he injured his right pinky finger when it was stepped on during the game on Monday night, which required four stitches.
UP NEXT: Drew Pomeranz takes the mound for the Giants on Wednesday night, as he looks for another great outing after his fantastic outing against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night at Oracle Park. Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers, as he looks to improve to 5-1 on the season.