The Dodgers survived another bullpen game last night, as a late Max Muncy bat drop gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win. The Dodgers move to a half-game back of the Padres in both the NL West and for the best record in all of baseball (Padres start a series in Houston tonight). The win also pushed the Dodgers to 4-0 against the Giants this season, and they have a chance tonight to guarantee at worst a series split.
|7:10 PM||Los Angeles|
|1B||Wade Jr. (L)||RF||Betts|
|RF||Yastrzemski (L)||2B||Muncy (L)|
|SS||Crawford (L)||SS||Lux (L)|
|3B||Vosler (L)||1B||Beaty (L)|
|CF||Duggar (L)||LF||Tsutsugo (L)|
|P||DeSclafani (R)||P||Buehler (R)|
Walker Buehler makes his 10th start of the season tonight. He’s completed seven innings in each of his last three outings, and has been especially dominant in his previous two. Buehler allowed one hit over seven innings on May 17 against Arizona, and allowed six hits and one run in seven innings last time out against the Giants. He threw a season-high 105 pitches last time out in San Francisco and mostly stayed out of trouble until the seventh inning. He allowed a leadoff double and two singles, one of which drove in a run. Three of his five strikeouts in the game came in that inning.
The Dodgers get another crack at Anthony DeSclafani tonight. DeSclafani was having a breakout year, with a 2.03 ERA over his first nine starts. He did not fare so well in his 10th start of the season, as the Dodgers tagged him for 10 runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. After a double play allowed DeSclafani to face the minimum in the first, he very much did not face the minimum in the second or third innings. The Dodgers had four baserunners and scored three runs in the second inning, and then exploded for a seven run third inning capped off by Gavin Lux‘s second grand slam of the week. DeSclafani issued a walk and then allowed three straight singles. He got the second out and intentionally walked DJ Peters to bring up Julio Urias, who came through with an RBI single. Lux followed that up with the bomb, and DeSclafani was out of the game. He allowed two fewer runs in that game than he had in his previous nine.
Spoiler alert, Taylor is not expected to be the starting centerfielder tomorrow.
Cody Bellinger is expected to be back in center for the final two games of the season. The Dodgers have the second best record in baseball despite Bellinger having played only four games, which seems good.
Bellinger will not be the only reinforcement for the Dodgers this weekend.
Zach McKinstry will also be back at some point in this series. He’ll be back in LA tomorrow with Bellinger and will be in the lineup either tomorrow or Sunday.
AJ Pollock won’t be back in this homestand, but could be back next weekend in Atlanta. He’ll be rehabbing at Single-A Rancho. Jimmy Nelson could be back next week after experiencing forearm inflammation last week.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PDT and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.