Dodgers News: Despite Blowout Loss To A’s, Dave Roberts Saw Positives In...

Dodgers News: Despite Blowout Loss To A’s, Dave Roberts Saw Positives In Yasmani Grandal, Matt Kemp

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The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday in a 16-6 defeat at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. The pitching staff suffered its worst performance of the season, but a silver lining was the club’s continued improvement on the offensive side.

The Dodgers’ bats exploded for six runs and 12 hits against the Athletics in the finale of the two-game Interleague series. Los Angeles also slugged two home runs in the contest, after doing so three times in the opener.

While manager Dave Roberts ultimately believes the Dodgers were soundly beat by the Athletics, he was pleased to see Yasmani Grandal and Matt Kemp fare well at the plate, via Spectrum SportsNet LA:

“I thought some guys swung the bats well. It was good to see Matt continue to swing the bat well. I thought Grandal swung the bat well. To see Kiké hit a homer with one at-bat. I thought Yasmani Grandal competed back there behind the plate, I thought that was really good.”

Kemp continued his hot streak at the plate and tallied three hits, including a double, in five at-bats. For the 33-year-old, it was his second game in a row with an extra-base hit.

Kemp additionally doubled and hit his first home run with the Dodgers in nearly four years in Tuesday’s win against the Athletics.

Grandal and Kiké Hernandez provided further power with one home run each on Wednesday. At the plate, they combined for four hits in five at-bats and were responsible for half of the Dodgers’ run production.

The Dodgers fell to 4-7 with the loss and now look to get back on track against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who they’ll host for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium that begins Friday.