Los Angeles Dodgers starter Alex Wood was in fine form against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park, leading his team to a 4-1 win. He pitched well enough to earn a contract extension, which is definitely not foreshadowing.
Wood has been the butt of the rotation so far this season, but he was great on this night: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 87 pitches, 65 strikes. It was, easily, his best outing of the (simulated) 2020 season. He even contributed at the dish with an RBI single in the 4th inning off the Braves’ Mike Soroka, their best starter.
“I had pretty good command out there,” Wood said.
Alex, you’re goddamn right you did, as you threw almost three-quarters of your pitches for strikes.
The much-maligned Caleb Ferguson threw a scoreless ninth inning that included three strikeouts on 12 pitches. His ERA is down to 4.33 and is giving Dave Roberts even more reason to use him almost all the time (which he already is).
Offensively, Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Corey Seager each collected two hits. Muncy took Soroka deep in the fourth inning for his 13th homer. After a super slow start, Muncy is up to .233 with 13 home runs on the campaign.
The Dodgers improve to 40-29 on the season. Dustin May gets the ball on Saturday. He’ll square off against Max Fried.