Dodgers 5, Phillies 3: Mookie leads Dodgers to Reopening Day win

It was Reopening Day 2021 at Dodger Stadium tonight, with the stadium at full capacity for the first time since 2019. A welcome sign of some sort of normalcy returning.

Well, the Dodgers capped off festivities with a nice 5-3 victory over the Phillies, win led by Mookie Betts.


Julio Urias has had a bit of an inconsistent run of late, having alternating good and mediocre starts over his last four outings, but looked to smooth things out tonight. After a scoreless 1st, he gave up a one-out no-doubt homer to Andrew McCutchen in the 2nd to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.

Old friend Zach Eflin started for the Phillies, and as he’s slowly becoming a league-average starter type, which actually makes him one of the better players the Dodgers traded away.

He faced trouble in the 1st, allowing back-to-back one-out singles, but snuffing out that rally effectively. He then kept the Dodgers quiet until the 4th when Matt Beaty started the inning with a single, and after two outs it looked like not much would come of it. However, Zach McKinstry hit a gapper for a double to barely score a Chris Taylor, who was on his horse, and then Urias himself followed by trading places with him for another run and his eighth RBI of the year to make it 3-1. Eflin also got a scoreless 5th before his night came to an end.

After cruising through 1-2-3 frames in the 3rd and 4th, Urias was staked to a lead, but gave it back in the 5th even though not entirely through his own fault. After a single to start, he got a grounder to CT3 that looked like it could’ve maybe been a double play, but instead resulted in a throwing error after Taylor was caught between going to the bag or throwing out the runner. After a sacrifice bunt, Odubel Herrera singled sharply to left, where Beaty promptly whiffed on the ball for an error to score both runners and make it 3-3. After getting a line out and issuing an intentional walk, Urias eventually got out of the frame.

Urias could not do the same in the 6th, as a one-out walk was followed by a single, and after he got the second out of the inning, his night was over. He wasn’t great, but he was solid and wasn’t helped by his defense: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 96 Pitches. Victor Gonzalez entered to get out of the jam and did just that by inducing a soft liner to end the inning and keep the score tied.

For the Phillies, Sam Coonrod relieved Eflin in the 6th, getting two outs but allowing a single. He gave way to Ranger Suarez and he ended it by striking out Luke Raley, who was red-hot at AAA at least. He continued in the 7th, and got Betts in an 0-2 hole, but it didn’t matter as Mookie smashed his eighth dong of the year to left-center for a 4-3 lead.

Joe Kelly, who has apparently now ascended into high leverage again, got the 7th. He faced the top of the order and cruised through it with a strikeout, shallow fly, and foul out to a graceful Albert Pujols.

With the pen toast, Phil Bickford came in as the setup man and immediately issued back-to-back walks (with a stolen base between for good measure) to make a mess. After a visit from Mark Prior, though, he got back-to-back strikeouts and then got out of the jam with a high-bouncer to Justin Turner at third to end it.

Archie Bradley, famous pants shitter, entered in the 8th and got into trouble by walking Taylor and giving up a broken-bat single to Pujols. However, a double play put him on the verge of escaping. Thankfully, he couldn’t take advantage after he hit pinch-hitter Andy Burns and then gave up a clean single to Mookie to make it 5-3.

Blake Treinen then entered for the third game in a row, with Dave Roberts deciding to push things a bit. He started the inning by getting two ground outs, and got another that would’ve ended it, but it bounced off Pujols’ glove to a covering CT3, and Treinen couldn’t get his foot on the bag. After a wild pitch, he then got a strikeout on a pitch that everybody thought was a 3-1 count but was apparently a 2-2 count due to a check swing that started the at-bat … I think?

Well, it’s a win and they can’t take it back.


We back? We back.

Dave Roberts meme.


In case you missed it during the game, Cody Bellinger‘s hamstring is dead and Mitch White is now up again.


The Dodgers are now 41-26, which is a 99-win pace. Unfortunately, they are still 1 game back of the Giants in the NL West, as they came back to beat the Diamondbacks tonight with a late grand slam.

The series finale of the series will be tomorrow at the usual time of 4:10 PM HST/7:10 PM PST/10:10 PM EST. Clayton Kershaw (3.39 ERA/2.72 FIP/3.15 DRA) will face the red-hot Zack Wheeler (2.29 ERA/2.37 FIP/2.74 DRA).

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