Dodgers 7, Mariners 1: Back-to-back wins for the first time in almost a month

Coming off a dramatic comeback win, the Dodgers came into tonight looking for a two-game mini-sweep of the Mariners, and to perhaps finally get something going after their three-week slide. Unlike every previous time they’ve tried to do this for almost a month now, the Dodgers seemed to show signs of getting back on track, having a complete team win in terms of execution in a 7-1 victory over the Mariners.


Mariners youngster Justin Dunn has been off to a solid start to begin the year and he looked solid against the Dodgers early, getting scoreless frames in his first three innings and only facing a threat in the 3rd after a double.

Thankfully the 4th was a different story, as things started immediately with back-to-back walks of Justin Turner and Max Muncy. Will Smith then dunked a single to right to load the bases, and then with one down Matt Beaty saved the team from humiliation with a double to plate two and knock Dunn out. Though because it’s the Dodgers that’s all they got out of it, as Will Vest shut things down at 2-0.

Speaking of cruising, Julio Urias was on the other side and set down the first 13 Mariners he faced before giving up a Ty France single and then getting a ground out that advanced the runner. On the first half-chance the Mariners got with two down in the 4th, they immediately capitalized with a soft single by Dylan Moore to make it 2-1.

Instead of stopping after their first runs as the Dodgers lineup had done so often during this stretch, they continued their assault in the 5th with a massive two-out rally. JT singled on a soft liner that seemed harmless until Muncy stepped up and immediately parked one to center to make it 4-1.

Smith followed with a double and Chris Taylor walked, then Beaty almost destroyed France’s ability to reproduce with a single to make it 5-1.

That knocked Vest out for old friend JT Chargois, who allowed yesterday’s hero Gavin Lux to single on an 0-2 pitch to make it 6-1 before the inning ended. Chargois did continue in the 6th and get a clean frame, though.

Urias continued to cruise in the meantime, getting two more scoreless frames and ending his night with an understated yet dominant and efficient showing, facing just a single batter with a RISP: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 87 Pitches.

In the 7th, Aaron Fletcher took over for the Mariners and allowed a Muncy single that was advanced to third on a ground out and a fly out, which set things up for AJ Pollock to pinch-hit and single to make it 7-1. After an infield single followed, the Dodgers had another chance to add, but didn’t do anything with it. Wyatt Mills then closed the book on the lineup with a scoreless 8th.

Jimmy Nelson was tasked with getting the final two innings without requiring one of the Big 3 of the pen to enter, and he thankfully did just that by getting six Mariners in a row, including two strikeouts. Don’t look now, but Nelson is starting to put it together.


Clayton Kershaw tells Joe Davis that the strike zone is never big enough.

Orel Hershiser also had an invention he wanted to pitch.


The Dodgers improve to 20-17 on the year and have won two games in a row. Oh my god, a potential winning streak.

After a mini-sweep the Dodgers of course get hit with a day off, but they’ll welcome the Marlins in for three starting on Friday at 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST. Clayton Kershaw will face off against a Sandy Alcantara having a nice year so far.

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