Game 21: The Dodgers beat the Giants, and are suddenly a home-run hitting team.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier makes a diving catch in right-center field on this line drive by the Giants’ Matt Duffy in the second inning Wednesday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

As a writer, I hate bogging down a story with statistics. My apologies in advance for tonight’s game story, but the reality is that a team that did not expect to slug its way into the postseason is leading the National League in home runs. Right now in Dodger-land, the numbers tell the story.

Two of the five highest-paid players in the game this year are on the Dodgers’ payroll, but neither of them have contributed to the home run total. (Though it should be noted that Zack Greinke, one of baseball’s blessed five, is 4-0.) Greinke said he failed to make adjustments over the course of his six-inning win, but again I point to the numbers: Five home runs (four by the Dodgers), six doubles (three by Dodgers) and five singles between the two teams. Neither starting pitcher adjusted well in what’s supposed to be a pitcher’s park.

Some numbers, like this, didn’t even make my story:

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Joc Pederson is your new Dodgers leadoff hitter, at least for now.

The Dodgers were reportedly interested in jumping in on the Josh Hamilton trade, if only to acquire prospects.

Carl Crawford (oblique) lands on the disabled list as Dodgers’ injury carousel spins.

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford runs out his triple in Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Crawford strained his right oblique muscle on the swing. (Andy Holzman/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers’ injury carousel continued to spin Tuesday, when left fielder Carl Crawford was diagnosed with a strain in his right oblique muscle. Crawford received a cortisone shot and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Crawford is expected to miss anywhere from two weeks to two months — an informal timetable offered by Don Mattingly on Tuesday. A more exact timetable is expected in the coming days.

Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Crawford’s spot on the active roster and is starting in center field today against the San Francisco Giants. Alex Guerrero is getting his first start in left field while Scott Van Slyke starts in right field against Madison Bumgarner, a left-handed pitcher.
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Reading between the lines, expect to see a lot of Alex Guerrero in left field.

Alex Guerrero

Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero, right, has 13 RBIs this season, tied for ninth in the National League. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to Sunday’s game against the Padres that the team might recall an outfielder from the minors with Yasiel Puig going on the 15-day disabled list.

Reading between the lines, however, it now seems likely that Alex Guerrero will move into a hybrid left field/third baseman role in Puig’s absence.

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