For two-thirds of the game, it was looking like a repeat of Saturday night’s game … at least for the offense. The offense was sputtering and the Dodgers’ ace had put them in a bit of a hole.
Then suddenly, a wild AJ Pollock appears.
The almost-hero from last night proved to be the hero today, as his 3-run home run in the seventh inning off Tyler Rogers proved to be the difference in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win. The 3-1 pitch was a borderline strike call (but a strike nonetheless), and that turned out to be fortuitous for the Dodgers. Pollock is hitting a robust .311/.354/.667 with a team lead-tying four ding dongs.
The Dodgers managed just two hits through six innings off former Dodger draftee (and offseason free-agent target) Kevin Gausman. Then, after a Mookie Betts lineout (97 MPH exit velo, 361 feet), Cody Bellinger singled to chase Gausman from the game (he was really good, btw: 6 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Justin Turner followed Bellinger’s single with one of his own. Max Muncy, stuck in a bit of a struggle this season, struck out looking, setting the stage for Pollock’s heroics.
Not talked about yet in this recap is Walker Buehler. Despite some wildness, he had his best and longest outing of the season: 5 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 6 K. He got a late start in Summer Camp, so here’s hoping all the kinks are worked out for the rest of the campaign.
The Dodgers’ bullpen, again, was strong. Caleb Ferguson struck out the side in his inning of work. Birthday buddy Jake McGee got a high-leverage inning of scoreless relief. Blake Treinen retired Brandon Belt to end the eighth inning.
In the bottom-half, well, Literally Mookie Betts did this thing.
Thirteen years. Feels good, man.
Still a mystery as to how the ’88 team won it all, but ‘tevs.
Kenley Jansen got the ninth inning and retired the Giants without incident 1-2-3.
Meanwhile, in Oakland…
No comment, especially from Joe Kelly.
The Dodgers move to 11-5 on the season with the victory. They welcome the pesky Padres for a 4-game set beginning tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Pacific time.