Tonight’s opening game of the home stand featured the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Archer, the RH pitcher who almost everyone on Twitter and the blogs is wishing and hoping will be traded to the Dodgers. Bud Norris, who’s already a Dodger, was hoping to continue building his reputation as a reliable starting pitcher.
Dodgers went down 1,2,3 with two strike outs. No first inning scoring today.
Three up, three down again.
Norris has given up two hits, but the Rays are scoreless.
Chase Utley got on when Archer pulled the first baseman off the bag with a high throw.
Corey Seager went down low and bopped one into CF for the Dodgers’ first hit of the night and he scored Joc Pederson.
Justin Turner followed with a single to LF to score Utley. 2-0
4th inning Dodgers 2-0
The Dodgers returned the favor with an error by JT.
Norris got a 1-4-3 DP to erase the runners.
5th inning Dodgers 2-0
Norris made a great play to record the third out.
Archer hit a high bouncer that Norris charged, caught, and side-arm flipped to Gonzalez at first.
7th inning Dodgers 2-0
Bud Norris was hanging tough. He started the inning at just under 90 pitches. After one out, one walk, and 104 pitches, his night was done.
J.P. Howell in. He was totally ineffective, walked his first batter, and was quickly pulled for Pedro Baez. Job done.
Archer left one up to Yasmani Grandal, who jacked it out and into the RF pavilion. 3-0
9th inning Dodgers 3-2
Kenley Jansen vs Rays
One pitch, base hit.
One out, runner advanced to second.
K – two out.
Hit batter. Two on.
Dodgers Win! 3-2
Bud Norris pitched well again. He never let the Rays put together a rally, only gave up two hits and kept them scoreless through six and a third.
Bonus: Bud Norris notched his 1,000th strike out – looking.
Bonus Equalizer: Howie Kendrick’s hitting streak ended tonight at 16 games.
The Dodgers offense scored two runs early, but that was partly thanks to two errors in the third. Otherwise, they did not really put anything together against Archer, until Yasmani hit one out in the 7th.
We’ve said it before. Saying it again: The Dodgers bullpen happy time is over. They are in a down slide and giving up base runners and runs nightly. The Dodgers are going to have to score 5 or 6 runs a game to compensate.
Extra Bonus: In case you didn’t hear, Andre Ethier took batting practice today for the first time this season.
Bud Norris (W 6-9) went 6 1/3 innings with 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 6 K’s ERA 4.27
Home run: Yasmani Grandal
Team with RISP: 2 for 4