The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the month of July by winning three-of-four at Coors Field against the Rockies. The Dodgers and Rockies will not face off again until the last six games of the season, all at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers went 21-5 this month, tied for the fourth best winning percentage in the month of July by a team ever in the majors. The number one team in July? The 2017 Dodgers. Los Angeles will head into August with at least a 12 game lead in the NL West.
Outfielder James Outman made his major league debut, starting in right field. He hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat, after seeing just three pitches. He is the eighth Dodger to homer in their major league debut.
Outman struck out in his second at bat, but then turned around a 98mph pitch for a single, with a 110mph exit velocity. In his fourth plate appearance, he doubled, scoring Gavin Lux. Outman ended the day 3-for-4, and is the first Dodger to have at least three hits in his debut since Mike Piazza in 1992. He is the second Dodger ever with three hits and three RBI in his debut, also.
“It was a dream come true…it’s kind of what I’ve been envisioning ever since I was like eight years old”, Outman told SNLA’s Kirsten Watson after the game. And if you haven’t seen the reaction from his family in the crowd, it’s must see.
On Sunday, the Chris Martin trade was made official. The Dodgers traded for RP Martin on Saturday, sending utility man Zach McKinstry to the Chicago Cubs in return. Jake Reed was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Martin on the roster.
Justin Turner will be out of the Dodgers lineup until at least Thursday, in San Francisco. Manager Dave Roberts said there’s “no cost” in keeping JT off the IL, because the team would have to make a change on the 40-man roster to make that happen. Turner’s MRI came back clean, but the injury is to his side is still holding steady.
Chris Taylor is set to start his rehab assignment on Monday. Taylor has been on the IL dealing with a fracture in his foot. While the place of his rehab assignment has yet to be announced, Taylor will play outfield while there, and will get at least a week worth of at bats before he is reinstated to the Dodgers.
Blake Treinen is set to rejoin the team, and face batters in San Francisco. Treinen came out of his last Sim game well Friday at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers now head to San Francisco to start a four game set against the Giants. Probable pitchers include Monday, Andrew Heaney and Logan Webb; Tuesday, Tyler Anderson and Alex Wood; Julio Urías and Alex Cobb; and Thursday, Clayton Kershaw and Jakob Junis.