Yasmani Grandal shouts as he heads for second base after hitting a 3-run home run in the eighth inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Yasmani Grandal‘s three-run home run off Tanner Roark gave the Dodgers all the runs they would need in their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers maintained their 5 ½-game deficit in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4. The Dodgers visit Pittsburgh on Friday.
The box score is here.
Eric Gagne passed the best-closer-in-franchise-history torch to Kenley Jansen, and only one of them wanted to be a closer at first.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
The Dodgers held a private workout for free agent Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel today, according to a source, and Gurriel posted a photo of himself at Dodger Stadium on his Instagram account. The 32-year-old infielder also has a workout lined up with the New York Mets and at least one other team, according to the source.
The Dodgers have signed their 13th-round draft pick, University of Oklahoma outfielder Cody Thomas, per Thomas’ Instagram account:
The Dodgers are believed to have reached agreements with 23 of their 42 draft picks, including 11 of their first 12.
Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers next week after facing the Washington Nationals on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
“He’s earned the right to keep going, and we’re looking forward to that start tomorrow,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He’ll make the next one after that. He’ll for sure get one more. We’ll continue to evaluate.”
Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger are unavailable to take the open spot in the rotation Friday in Pittsburgh. But Roberts would not say who will start that game.
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Dusty Baker, the former Dodgers outfielder and current Washington Nationals manager, was asked to share his memories of Vin Scully growing up in Riverside. Here was Baker’s riff: