The Dodgers got back in the win column on Sunday afternoon thanks to another outstanding performance from standout rookie sensation Walker Buehler. The kid racked up eight punch-outs over seven strong frames without issuing any walks. Because of that he earned his third MLB win, as the bats backed his solid pitching with six runs including two more home runs. The Dodgers knocked off the hapless Padres by a 6-1 score to win their third consecutive series. Things are starting to get better.
The Padres used four relievers in what was essentially a bullpen day for them. Left handed youngster Matt Strahm started the game technically and gave the Padres two scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one. He was followed by Adam Cimber for three innings, side armed Kazuhisa Makita, and Tyler Webb.
Padres 1 4 0
Dodgers 6 10 0
The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the third and four runs in the bottom of the eighth. During the third inning consecutive hits from Buehler, Chris Taylor, and Enrique Hernandez plated the first Dodger run. After Hernandez’s RBI single, Justin Turner’s line drive double play was almost turned into a triple play, but Taylor’s heads up base running instead gave the Dodgers their second run of the day.
The Padres only run came in the top of the fifth when Freddy Galvis doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then came around to score on a Raffy Lopez sacrifice fly to left. Meanwhile Buehler kept on keeping on. He struck out the side in the top of the seventh and left the game to a chorus of cheers from the Dodger Stadium faithful. It was well deserved.
In the bottom of the eighth, Max Muncy bombed one (with Taylor aboard) halfway up the right field pavilions to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. After a Yasmani Grandal walk, Cody Bellinger smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall to put the Dodgers up by a 6-1 score. The Dodgers have now homered 14 times in their last 8 games.
The Dodger bullpen handled things the rest of the way. Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning and Josh Fields took care of things in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers win it 6-1! With the win the Dodgers improve to 24-28. They’re still bad of course, but they seem to be inching towards something that we thought was an impossible achievement; a .500 record. Even better news, in case you haven’t heard is that Clayton Kershaw is making his return to the mound on Thursday night.
Dave Roberts confirms Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday vs Phillies. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 27, 2018
The Phillies come into town next as the Dodger finish their home stand with a four game series with the NL East leading club and former Dodger executive Gabe Kapler. Vince Velasquez and Brock Stewart will face off in the Memorial Day matinee.