Amusingly enough, this much-hyped Dodgers–Padres series isn’t even for first place in the NL West, as the Rockies are even hotter than both of them. Still, it certainly appears important, as if the Padres want to let the Dodgers know that they’ve arrived.
In another hard-fought victory, it seems the Padres are establishing that, but today the Dodgers rally late was too much as they prevailed in a 5-2 victory.
Dustin May gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in six innings of work tonight, with an impressive eight strikeouts, but just saying that doesn’t quite cover it.
Dustin May, Ungodly 99mph Two Seamer. 😱 pic.twitter.com/uUeINZbKBq— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 5, 2020
Dustin May, K Pirouette. 🩰 pic.twitter.com/VorT0UP3sL— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 5, 2020
May was undoubtedly impressive, having the look of a front-line starter by showcasing elite stuff with command. He gave up a run in the 3rd that should’ve been an out if not for Austin Barnes dropping the relay at home, and another on a solo shot in the 4th.
It was impressive.
Still, in the end, the Dodgers were down 2-0 because Dinelson Lamet was putting on a clinic, allowing no hits through five innings. Things appeared to be going that way in the 6th as well after two quick outs, but Lamet lost the zone for a bit, hitting Justin Turner in the shoulder, giving up a single to Cody Bellinger, and then after a nine-pitch battle, gave up another to Corey Seager that scored two as runners were off with the pitch.
The Dodgers continued to two-out rally in the 7th. Barnes made a contribution by dribbling a ball in front of the plate and allowing Craig Stammen to throw one into the stands.
Austin Barnes gets leveled, but gets rewarded second base. I guess it all evens itself out pic.twitter.com/sKPOBsNwnD— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 5, 2020
Pollock then added insurance in the 8th, homering to dead center.
To close things out in relief of May, the Dodgers set up their bridge with Pedro Baez in the 7th, who gave up just an infield single against the shift. Blake Treinen was tasked with the heart of the order in the 8th, and got off to a rocky start by hitting a batter, but rebounded to strike out the side.
Kenley Jansen then took the mound in the 9th, cruising to save with an 11-pitch inning that included a strikeout. Feels good, man.