The rubber match of the series against the rival Giants was the first the Dodgers played since May 19. That tends to happen when you win most of the time, and a 1-0 win today helped the Dodgers avoid their first series loss since they dropped one against these same Giants in San Francisco during a series that started in April.
It’s been a fun run.
Max Muncy got the game off to an exciting start, absolutely annihilating a 2-1 fastball for his 13th dong of the year, one that landed in the bay. For whatever reason, Madison Bumgarner took exception to Muncy not immediately running like he wanted him to or something and started barking at him.
MadBum’s act is tired as hell and it was amazing to see Perfectly Rectangular Boy call him out.
Bumgarner was actually quite dominant today though, as aside from the homer, he surrendered just three singles and a walk in seven innings.
Thankfully, Walker Buehler was up to the task as his opposite. The only significant jam he faced came in the 6th after two singles put runners on the corners with nobody out. Justin Turner served as the game saver with his defense at third, as he picked a lined one-hopper and got the runner going home, allowing Buehler to work out of trouble from there.
Buehler ended up going seven shutout innings, allowing just four singles, one double, and a walk while striking out nine batters. He went just 91 pitches, but was removed anyway, likely just to not overwork him more than anything.
Pedro Baez then entered for the 8th, and while he did issue a two-out walk, he finished a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Kenley Jansen was then tasked with completing the shutout in the 9th, which he did in dominant fashion with two strikeouts and an infield pop-up.
Mad Max is now a Dodger legend or something.
Folks. pic.twitter.com/nTuDzwvgGE— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) June 9, 2019
The win makes the Dodgers 45-21 on the year, a 110-win pace, and are 11 games ahead of the Rockies and Diamondbacks in the NL West. They also remain the team with the best record in the MLB.
They will now travel to Anaheim to play the Angels in a two-game series at 4:07 PM HST/7:07 PM PST/10:07 PM EST. Arguably the best pitcher in baseball this year in Hyun-Jin Ryu (LHP/1.35 ERA/2.55 FIP/1.82 DRA) will face off against rookie Griffin Canning (RHP/3.52 ERA/4.23 FIP/3.76 DRA), who is having a nice year himself.