We may not have real baseball, but damn if virtual Mookie Betts isn’t the man. He went 3-for-5 with two more home runs and 4 RBIs in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win against the Pirates on Friday.
Betts homered in the first and third innings off Pirates’ starter Chris Stratton. Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson both recorded three hits each, a good sign as both have struggled a little bit in this early going. Enrique Hernandez and Corey Seager both chipped in with a couple hits of their own.
With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, Dave Roberts opted for Chris Taylor in a pinch-hit situation against Pirates’ reliever Tyler Webb. Taylor socked a 1-2 changeup to center for a run-scoring double, putting Los Angeles up 5-4.
“Win or lose, we pick each other up in this clubhouse,” Taylor told the Los Angeles Chronicle, a paper that might end up doing better than a lot of other Southern California papers in this time.
Julio Urias turned in another solid outing — 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 96 pitches, 63 strikes — to lower his season ERA to 3.12. However, Blake Treinen had a rough outing, retiring just one Pirate hitter while allowing three hits and a run — all on just 12 pitches. He allowed a surprising home run to Jarrod Dyson — the 22nd of his 11-year MLB career — which tied the game at 4. However, Pedro Baez bailed Treinen out and eventually picked up the win. Kenley Jansen, after a rough outing last time out, pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the campaign.