The Dodgers have emphatically bounced back from their losing streak of one game with a sweep of the Padres, completed tonight in a 4-0 win. They have now won 16 of their last 18.
After last night’s marathon, the Dodgers could’ve used a quality start, and Max Scherzer provided exactly that. He dominated the Padres and the bats did enough to make it a comfortable win.
Scherzer has yet to have a blip as a Dodger and he certainly didn’t start tonight against the Padres. They needed him to be effective and efficient, and he provided both.
Max gave up just a double in the first four frames, otherwise dominating with eight strikeouts in that span. He faced trouble in the 5th after giving up a double to start and then hitting a batter, but he rebounded with yet another strikeout and then a Justin Turner to Trea Turner combo turned a nice double play to get Max out of it.
Scherzer gave up just a walk in the final eight outs, and he was just brilliant, allowing just four baserunners on the night: 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB (1 HBP), 10 K, 104 Pitches.
Mad Max was dealing. pic.twitter.com/gCuMRVQzyV— MLB (@MLB) August 27, 2021
Old friend Yu Darvish came off the IL to start against the Dodgers and was perfect through an impressive two frames. However, the 3rd was a surprising mess for him. He got ahead of Billy McKinney before walking him and then Austin Barnes of all people took a hanging cutter and blasted his fifth homer of the year over the wall in left-center field to make it 2-0.
With one down, Trea Turner and Corey Seager traded places with doubles to plate another run and make it 3-0.
The scoring continued in the 4th as well, because AJ Pollock lined a ball to center and Trent Grisham couldn’t make a diving play, so the ball rolled to the wall for a triple. Cody Bellinger cashed it in with a sacrifice fly and it was 4-0.
Trent Grisham, The Independent pic.twitter.com/7OAcRhouIH— MLB (@MLB) August 27, 2021
The Dodgers improve to 81-47 on the year, but again didn’t gain a game on the Giants as they swept the Mets. 2.5 games back in the NL West.
A pen game (or something) beckons tomorrow for the Dodgers as they return home to face the Rockies at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET. Colorado will start Kyle Freeland (4.25 ERA/4.36 FIP/3.97 xERA).