Dodgers 10, Mets 3: Will Smith dingers twice, as bats explode in the 8th for the sweep

Well, this was a surprisingly eventful game. The day after a doubleheader sweep, the Dodgers completed an actual sweep of the Mets. The bats provided an early lead, but James Paxton left the game early and the Mets tied it up. However, a huge 8th inning of six runs led to the Dodgers cruising to the finish line in a 10-3 victory.

Obviously that’s three in a row now and they complete a 3-3 road trip.


Mets starter David Peterson made his season debut today, and Will Smith got to him early with his eighth dinger of the year in the 2nd, making it back-to-back games with homers.

They couldn’t take advantage of a two-out single and double that followed, but in the 4th it was Smith again who started things with a double, and he later scored on an Andy Pages single to make it 2-0.

The Dodgers then got a bit fortunate in the 5th, as Miguel Vargas walked and got to second on a botched pickoff, then Shohei Ohtani came through with a hard-hit grounder up the middle for a single to push the lead to 3-0.

Meanwhile, Paxton was on the mound for the Dodgers, starting for the first time all year on four days rest. Things went well until they didn’t. He only gave up a hit batter in the first two frames, then wiggled out of a pair of two-out singles in the 3rd … and that was it for him. Not sure if there was an injury or what, but it definitely seemed earlier than scheduled and less than ideal for a guy with a history like Paxton’s.

So out of the pen came the DFA Boyz, as Yohan Ramirez took over in the 4th and was solid after giving up just a one-out single in the frame.

Unfortunately, the second member of the crew didn’t fare nearly as well. Elieser Hernandez entered in the 5th and gave up a single, homer, and walk before exiting. Not great!

Michael Grove then entered to try and salvage the game. He gave up the game-tying double to J.D. Martinez, but did at least manage to get out of the inning without a complete meltdown.

The Dodgers were then forced to try and rally back. After a single by Teoscar Hernandez to lead the 6th off, he was eventually on second when Miguel Rojas singled to left. Unfortunately, Miguel kept going while Dino Ebel held Teoscar on an errant throw, which led to a rundown out and an inning escape.

For the Dodgers pen, it was Anthony Banda in the 6th, who gave up a single and a walk for a sweat, but kept the game tied. Following him was Blake Treinen on back-to-back days, but he looked no worse for wear, giving up just a single in a scoreless frame.

That gave the offense enough time to get something going, and it was Smith who stepped up again. He homered once again in the 8th for his ninth of the year to put the Dodgers up 4-3.

Jason Heyward later tripled to right, Gavin Lux walked and stole second, and with the infield in, Rojas bounced a single over third for insurance.

After a weird play where a pick-off attempt at third hit an umpire and allowed Rojas to advance but also saved a run from scoring, Vargas blooped a double into right for two more runs.

Later, Ohtani hopefully broke out of a slump with an very easy two-run shot to left, his 14th of the year to make it 9-3.

Adding on to the blowout was Jason Heyward in the 9th, smashing his second homer of the year to push it to 10-3.

Closing it out for the Dodgers was Ryan Yarbrough, who gave up just a single over the final two frames to close this sweep out.



36-22, back over 100-win pace.

The Dodgers have tomorrow off to travel home, though it’ll be just a pit stop to play the Rockies for three games. It’ll be Walker Buehler against Dakota Hudson at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET.

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