Impact Play: Schebler's late homer provides insurance runs in 4-1 win over Rockies
The Dodgers were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning on Monday night, looking for a little more support for the pitching effort of Clayton Kershaw.
The bullpen has performed well recently but fresh in the minds of all Dodger fans was the three-run homer given up in the bottom of the ninth by closer Kenley Jansen in Sunday night’s 4-3 win over Arizona.
Rookie Scott Schebler stepped to the plate with a runner on in the bottom of the eighth Monday night with a one-one count and crushed a no-doubt home run in to the right field stands. The 4-1 lead made Kershaw’s 14th victory all but inevitable and added to what has been a banner month for the rookies.
Since being put in the lineup on Sept. 3, Schebler has blasted three home runs and hit a respectable .261. Scoring ahead of Schebler on the homer was Corey Seager, now hitting .432 after picking up two hits in his Dodger Stadium debut on Monday night. Joc Pederson made a run-saving catch in center field in the first inning. But on Monday night, when all the rookies seemed to be shining, the biggest play was turned in by Schebler.