OOTP 21: April 17, 2020 – Dodgers 7, Pirates 4 – Literally Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts (Photo: Cody Bashore)

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.

Walker Buehler takes the bump tomorrow for LA. He’ll be opposed by former very good pitcher Chris Archer.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.