OOTP 21: June 7, 2020 – Dodgers 8, Rockies 2 – Dustin May’s season debut

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

Dustin Fucking May finally debuted in our annoying OOTP simulation on Sunday, striking out 7 in his 6 innings while allowing just two runs.

Thanks to May’s predictable effectiveness, and homers from Chris Taylor and Matrix Muncy, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-2, on Sunday afternoon. While the Dodgers are still just 37-28, a 92-win pace, the bullpen didn’t screw up May’s debut.

Blake Treinen earned the win, as May left the game in a 2-2 tie. While Treinen struck out one while allowing a single in the seventh, it was Caleb “Turd” Ferguson who closed out the game. And in atypical simulation Fergy fashion, he struck out three while walking one in his two innings of work.

With the two Dodgers relievers working three scoreless innings, the Rockies bullpen allowed seven runs across its three innings. Jon Gray allowed just one run on a single off the bat of Corey Seager, dropping his season ERA down to 4.58. But Bryan Shaw entered in the 6th and quickly screwed things up for Colorado by allowing a hit and two walks. Shaw departed and 9.92 ERA Yency Almonte entered. With the bases loaded, Mookie Botts drove in a run after Almonte plunked him to tie the game.

After escaping the 6th without any more damage, the relief didn’t last long as Almonte gave up four runs in the seventh. Joc Pederson put the Dodgers ahead with a single before Taylor connected on a three-run homer with two outs.

“Our goal is to improve each and every day,” Pederson told the Los Angeles Chronicle, glaring across the locker room at Alex Wood and Julio Urias.

The homer forced Almonte off the mound with Wes Parsons taking over. He got the out he needed to end the seventh, but again the Dodgers tacked on a few insurance runs with Muncy’s two-run shot in the eighth.

It is worth noting, the Dodgers drew another 7 walks on Sunday as the Rockies’ horrendous pitching struggled all series. Gavin Lux drew two of the walks, while Enrique Hernandez ended the day with three. Seager’s hot hitting continued with a 3-for-5 day, with Code Bellinger and Muncy each adding two knocks of their own.

With a mere one-game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers will head to Cincinnati for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday. Walker Buehler and Luis Castillo will face off in what would be a pretty good matchup if the latter didn’t seem to be pretty below average in these simulations. 

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree.