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In a tale of two ball games, Cody Bellinger earned the save of Kenley Jansen with a late go-ahead shot off Josh Hader.

But first…

Game number one

In the “first game,” Joc Pederson was the star, going 4-5 with 2 homeruns — and he did it on his 27th birthday!

On the second pitch of the game, Pederson connected on a 93mph fastball for his 13th career leadoff homerun.

In the 4th inning, he took a belt high changeup out to right field in a hurry.

His second shot measured at 110mph off the bat with a 19° launch angle — a true epitome of a line drive shot.

With his 2 homeruns, Joc has 10 home runs on the season, good for third in the NL. Considering Pederson doesn’t start every game, I took the opportunity to dig into some numbers.

These numbers were after his first HR, so update that Joc stat to every 7.4 ABs by the end of his day.

On the pitching side, Clayton Kershaw held the Brewers hitless through the first 4 innings. However, in the 5th inning, number 8 hitter Orlando Arcia opened the inning with a triple to the right field corner. After a strikeout of the pitcher, Lorenzo Cain took Kershaw deep to left field for the 2-run shot, ending Kershaw’s shutout effort.

Kershaw came back to complete a perfect 6th inning and end his day with 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, and the 1 HR allowed. He sits with a 2.77 ERA in his 2 starts since coming off the IL.

Game Number Two

After a scoreless bottom of the 7th by Scott Alexander, Pedro Baez came in to face the heart of the Brewers order. Power v. power with Yelich facing Baez, this happened.

You really can’t write up baseball up any better than this. Just two early NL MVP candidates playing baseball.

Beyond that play, Baez struggled while allowing back-to-back singles before getting Jesus Aguilar to pop into a infield fly for out number 2.

With 2 on and 2 out, Dave Roberts went to the bullpen for — you guessed it — Kenley Jansen. His attempt at the 4-out save did not go according to plan…

Pinch hitter Eric Thames took a 93.7mph Jansen cutter deep to center for the game-tying, 3-run homerun.

With the power of positive thinking, we arrive at an opportunity for someone to play the part of the hero.

So while Joc was the star of the game, Cody was that hero. Belli absolutely tattooed a solo shot to RF to mercifully put the Dodgers back up 6-5. Oh, that shot was off of Josh Hader, btw.

Rob a homer, crush a homer.

Well done, @MLB.

Once again staked to a lead, Kenley Jansen’s season-long struggles with location continued as his missed his spots often. However, he endured and was able to get the Brewers 8-9-1 hitters in order to end the game.

With the win, the Dodgers take the season series over Milwaukee 4-3.

In other offensive news, Corey Seager recorded 3 hits — his second 3-hit game in the last week.

Final: LAD 6 – MIL 5, W: Jansen (2), L: Hader (2), Sv: Cody Bellinger (1) [not really]

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The Dodgers have a much earned off-day on Monday before heading to Chicago for a 3-game set with the Cubs.

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