OOTP 21: April 18, 2020 – Dodgers 9, Pirates 2 – 8-run 6th breaks up pitchers’ duel

The Dodgers’ 8-run sixth inning was more than enough for Walker Buehler, who nearly fired a complete game in their 9-2 win on Saturday over the Pirates.

It was a pitchers’ duel through 5 1/2 frames, as Chris Archer matched Buehler pitch for pitch. But the wheels fell off for Archer in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed six of the eight runs LA scored in the inning and his season ERA climbed to an ugly 10.13.

Corey Seager was the offensive star of the day. The shortstop went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Both his doubles came in that fateful sixth inning. Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI. Joc Pederson had a 2-run single on his way to a 2-for-4 day. Justin Turner, still hitting lead off, was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

We came out aggressive,” said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts. “We came out swinging the bats.

I’m glad they came out swinging the bats instead of literally anything else. Strong strategy, virtual Doc.

Buehler came within one out of a complete game. Still, he was quite good on Saturday: 8 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 103 pitches, 68 strikes. He owns a 2.29 ERA on the season, and he is clearly establishing himself as the team’s ace.

The Dodgers move to 12-9 on the season. They’re 1 1/2 games ahead of the Padres. Their magic number is 140.

Clayton Kershaw takes the hill for a Sunday matinee. He’ll face off against Joe Musgrove, who was very clearly the prize of the Gerrit Cole trade.

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.