CHICAGO -- It's an extraordinary team whose manager can call out the offense after a 1-0 victory and have it respond with four homers and a 9-1 victory, as was the case with Wednesday's win over the White Sox.And manager Dave Roberts' Dodgers continued their extraordinary roll Wednesday night, completing
CHICAGO -- It's an extraordinary team whose manager can call out the offense after a 1-0 victory and have it respond with four homers and a 9-1 victory, as was the case with Wednesday's win over the White Sox.
And manager Dave Roberts' Dodgers continued their extraordinary roll Wednesday night, completing a perfect 5-0 trip coming out of the All-Star break with offensive fireworks that fizzled the night before.
"Last night we got them on and tonight we got them in," said Roberts, who was annoyed with the offensive approach that led to a 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position with four double-plays on Tuesday night, compared to 5-for-10 Wednesday night. "Manufacturing [runs] is great, but the long ball is good too."
Chris Taylor opened the game with a home run, Enrique Hernandez slugged a pair and Corey Seager added a two-run shot and later an RBI single as the Dodgers pounded the last-place White Sox, extending their winning streak to 11 games.
Roberts expected that kind of turnaround, after saying the night before that he didn't like his club's offensive approach.
"Things now are in place where, regardless of opponent or where we play, even last night we talked about how guys were upset with how we played," Roberts said.
"We still won a Major League game, which is hard to do. These circumstances now, we'll get in late [after an all-night flight to Los Angeles], but we'll be ready to win a game [against Atlanta Thursday night]. The way we prepare for each game is unique, it's consistent, it's led to a lot of wins."
"As I walked through the clubhouse [Tuesday night], feeling the tone and demeanors of guys, usually when we win, we're more upbeat. Last night, more solemn. I took it as such that we didn't play a good baseball game, but we found a way to win. Guys are feeling a lot better about themselves."
The Dodgers hit their four homers in the first four innings off White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon. The win gave the Dodgers a 21-9 record against opposing left-handed starters.
While Seager's production is to be expected -- considering that he was last year's National League Rookie of the Year and finished third for Most Valuable Player -- the production from Hernandez and Taylor is beyond any expectation.
Hernandez has 10 homers, 27 RBIs and 29 extra-base hits, compared to 7/18/15 last year. Taylor has 11 homers, 40 RBIs and 33 extra-base hits, compared to 1/7/5 last year.
"It started off with Chris, Corey's been swing the bat really well and he finally got rewarded and we got big home runs," Roberts said.
Hernandez said he's been tinkering with a new swing. Pretty safe to say it's working.
"Pretty safe to say we're playing pretty good," he said. "After Cody Bellinger got called up, it changed things for us. He might be the greatest player of all-time, and we feel like we're pretty confident and we're really focused and we have one goal in mind and try to ride it out as long as possible. We feel like we're the team to beat right now."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.