All credit goes to me for breaking out the dumpster fire recap yesterday, as the humiliation has inspired the Dodgers lineup to bust out in a big way against the Pirates to the tune of 15 hits in an 11-1 blowout win.
Before getting to the fireworks, it’s worth noting the performance of Tony Gonsolin, who once again has done his job and kept runs off the board. This was arguably the most adventurous journey, as he only gave up one hit, but also walked four, and had this Mookie Betts double play from right field to thank for keeping his shutout.
In my brain, I know it’s unsustainable to keep allowing these situation and getting out of it, but it really is amazing to watch at this point: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 84 Pitches. Gonsolin now has a 1.33 ERA.
However, it was the 3rd that blew the game open, as a Trea single and Max Muncy walk set the table, then another JT double scored both of them, followed by an Edwin Rios single that plated JT and knocked Bryse out of the game. I still can’t get over Bryse being the spelling.
Another crooked number came in the 7th, powered by an onslaught of extra-base hits. Muncy started it with a triple, JT doubled for a third time to score one, then Bellinger doubled home JT for another, and finally Rios capped it off with a skyscraping two-run shot for an 11-0 lead.
Finishing off the game in the pen was Brusdar Graterol and Alex Vesia for scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th. However, Reyes Moronta had his worst game of the season in the 8th, giving up a double and two walks, but still managing to get away with only allowing a single run to break up the shutout at 11-1.
Bouncing back from his last appearance, Phil Bickford came in and wasn’t great, giving up a walk and a single, but allowed no damage to end the game.
The Dodgers will go for the series win tomorrow at the ungodly start time of 6:35 AM HT/9:35 AM PT/12:35 PM ET. Ryan Pepiot will be making his MLB debut against … well, dunno.