The Dodgers got battered and bruised yesterday 14-0. The Dodgers didn’t want to get swept against the Astros. Today Gerrit Cole was on the mound to face off against Walker Buehler. Buehler had to be the stopper today. Alex Wood is now on the DL. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig are nicked up. First pitch of the game, George Springer hit a home run to make the score 1-0. I figured it was going to be Dejavu.
#Dbacks fall to Giants, 3-2, and split the four-game series. With Dodgers win over the Astros there is now a tie atop the NL West.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) August 5, 2018
Joc Pederson started off with a walk in the bottom of the 1st. Manny Machado then singled and the Dodgers started to show some life. Brian Dozier then doubled with two outs to center field. George Springer dove for the ball and barely missed it. The Dodgers would score two runs and take the lead 2-1. That was a big hit for the Blue crew. In the bottom of the third, Manny Machado singled. Cody Bellinger then doubled and Macahdo scored and the Dodgers took a 3-1 lead. Bellinger has been swinging the bat better of late. Manny Machado and Brian Dozier seem to be hitting the ball well. Chris Taylor has also been getting some hits.
In the top of the third, George Springer walked and then was caught stealing 2nd. He had to leave the game. In the top of the fourth, Alex Bregman was hit by pitch. Marwin Gonzalez then singled. Buehler was then able to get Tyler White out and JD Davis out to get out of the inning. In the top of the fifth, Tony Kemp hit a solo shot for the Astros to make the score 3-2 Dodgers. Kemp and Buehler were teammates at Vanderbilt. In the top of the sixth, Alex Bregman doubled and Marwin Gonzalez walked with no outs.
Buehler struck out Tyler White who looks like Evan Gattis. Dylan Floro came in and got a huge double play from JD Davis to keep the score 3-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Chris Taylor hit a shot to center which looked like it was going out. Jake Marisnick lept and caught the ball over the wall. Taylor was robbed. In the top of the 8th, Alex Bregman walked with one out. Scott Alexander got Marwin Gonzalez to ground into a double play.
#Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allows a leadoff single but nothing else over an inning of work, picking up his 31st save
— CloserNews Team (@closernews) August 5, 2018
Kenley Jansen then came in and closed out the victory. Great pitching by the bullpen. Ryu and Stripling are close to coming back from the DL. The Dodgers get a day off tomorrow. Then they will play two against Oakland and four against the Rockies on the road.