Before there were two out in the first inning at Yankee Stadium tonight, the Dodgers had five hits, which that quickly matched or exceeded their total in nine other games this year.
When the game was over, the Dodgers had a 6-0 victory over the Yankees, matching their second-biggest triumph of 2013. Only a 9-2 victory over Milwaukee on May 22 topped it.
I missed most of what happened in between, because of the sudden death of James Gandolfini, but Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez (each 2 for 4) continued their exploits from Wednesday’s first game, joined by Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Capuano. Puig singled, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and shot his fifth homer of the season over the right-field wall, giving him three runs on the day. Gonzalez doubled and had two singles, Ethier singled and doubled, and Skip Schumaker added two singles.
Capuano, meanwhile, came off the disabled list to pitch six shutout innings, allowing three baserunners and striking out four. Chris Withrow followed with two perfect innings, and Brandon League pitched the ninth to complete the Dodgers’ eighth shutout of the year.
The victory pushed the Dodgers back to within 10 games of .500 at 30-40, eight games behind Arizona in the National League West.