The Royals, who are somehow not at all awful in 2020, beat the Dodgers by a score of 8-4 today to put them just two games below .500 on the year.
Hunter Dozier starred, going 2-for-4 with a triple, including four RBIs and a run. Mike Montgomery got the win and is now 4-1, going just five frames, but limiting the Dodgers to two runs on five hits.
The Dodgers were within striking distance heading into the 7th, but Dave Roberts left starter David Price in for at least a batter too long, as Dozier cleared the bases by hitting a 2-2 cutter for a triple to make it 7-2 for the Royals.
“We’ll enjoy this win,” said Dozier. “But there’s more we hope to accomplish.“
Like getting to .500, amirite?
For the Dodgers, Justin Turner, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and A.J. Pollock all had two hits, and don’t look now but Pollock is actually hitting well so far this year in limited time. Also, Joc Pederson hit his team-leading 11th ding dong of the year in the losing effort.
Again though, while Price threw just 98 pitches in his start, it’s confusing as to why he was left out there. It’s not like he was dealing up until that point, as he had already given up three runs through six, so literally any time in the 7th seemed like the perfect opportunity to use Ross Stripling and his 0.86 ERA. Instead, Robots left him in to die, and die he did … then Chicken Strip came in and got 1.1 scoreless. Because of course.
The loss drops the Dodgers to 24-19 on the year and the series will continue tomorrow. Alex Wood will be pitching for his rotation spot (or should be) tomorrow against Kevin McCarthy, who I literally didn’t know existed before this.