After getting shutout on their rest day to close out the Nationals series, the regulars for the Dodgers were back in there to start the series against the Diamondbacks and the results were back as well with them cruising to a 14-1 victory.
With all the injuries to starters, the Dodgers somehow ended up having to send Mitch White to the mound, and he had his best outing of the year. While he allowed a couple baserunners in the 2nd and 3rd, he got through four shutout innings: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 61 Pitches.
On the other hand, the unfortunate victim of the regular lineup’s return was Humberto Castellanos. It took the Dodgers all of two batters to top their run total from yesterday thanks to back-to-back doubles from Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman to start things, and later a Will Smith single made it 2-0.
The onslaught continued in the 2nd, with a Cody Bellinger single being followed by a Chris Taylor double to plate him. After a walk from Mookie, Freddie followed up again with damage, this time a three-run homer to right. It was his fourth of the year and gave them a 6-0 lead.
After closing with two hard-fought but clean innings, Castellanos was done after four with 96 pitches on his ledger.
That brought in the Diamondbacks pen, which actually started with a scoreless frame, but then the 6th happened. And boy did it happen with a Mookie single, Freddie double to score him, wild pitch, Trea Turner triple for a run, Smith single for a run, Edwin Rios single, and Bellinger double for another run to make it 10-0.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers pen was also at work in relief of White. Justin Bruihl took over for him and allowed a couple of two-out singles in the 5th but no damage. Same couldn’t be said for Evan Phillips in the 6th who gave up a solo shot to (who else?) Christian Walker to break the shutout. However, he settled in with two scoreless innings.
The Dodgers did get the run back and then some. In the 8th, Justin Turner doubled and then CT3 smashed his fifth homer of the year for a 12-1 lead.
The Dodgers then added to that in the 9th behind a Rios single, JT double, and then Cody single to plate two more and make it 14-1.
They got remarkably close to the Los Angeles Dodgers record and were approaching the franchise record.
Gotta have him take over the role, IMO.
Gavin Lux‘s got his nuts destroyed.
Freddie got very emotionally attached hecklers now.
30-14 on the year and a 2-game lead in the NL West on the Padres.
Tomorrow’s game at the same time at 3:40 PM HT/6:40 PM PT/9:40 PM ET with a mystery pitcher for the Dodgers against Madison Bumgarner.