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Mookies and Rookies….Dodgers Beat Padres on Sunday Night Baseball

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It’s been a while since my last article. What could bring me out of my early season funk? Why it’s a come from behind Dodgers win over those arrogant Padres on Sunday night baseball of course. The Dodgers down to their last out in the top of the ninth, stormed back to beat those upstart Pads thanks to a ninth-inning home run off of Josh Hader from Mookie Betts, a big go-ahead base hit from Michael Busch, and a huge two-run home run from James Outman in extras. After the Padres put up an immature image of Clayton Kershaw crying on the jumbotron after their lone win of the series on Saturday night, it was the Dodgers who made San Diego tear up on national TV.

The game was initially a great pitching matchup between Julio Urias and Joe Musgrove. Those two veterans battled, with Musgrove outdueling Urias by a sliver. The Padres had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when Fernando Tatis Jr. Manny Machado and Xander Bogaerts doubled. Although Bogaert’s double was charitable scoring as the ball clanked off of Mookie’s glove. Mookie would make up for it later.

Poor defense helped set up the Dodgers with their first run in the top of the sixth. Freddie Freeman reaches on a Juan Soto error and Will Smith cashes him in with a double to left. That would make it a 2-1 game. Smith added a second double later in the night and was 2 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and a run driven in. The Dodgers had a chance to add on more, but crafty side-armed left hander Tim Hill relieved Musgrove and struck out Max Muncy. The Dodgers should have let DH Jason Heyward hit, but for some inexplicable reason they pinch-hit .178 hitting Miguel Rojas who unsurprisingly softly lined out. I have no idea how Rojas is still employed by the Dodgers let alone any major league team.

Urias was hooked with two outs in the sixth. There were two on and two outs for the Padres when Yency Almonte came on to strike out Brett Sullivan. Almonte stayed in and recorded a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to keep the game in reach for the Dodgers. The Dodgers had another chance in the top of the eighth when Smith notched his second double, and Muncy walked to put two on and nobody out. The Dodgers atrocious hitting with runners in scoring position continued when rookie Michael Busch struck out, James Outman flied out to left and Miguel Vargas lined out to short.

Move to the top of the ninth. San Diego closer Josh Hader trotted into the game while the Padre faithful were foaming at the mouth. Hader entered with a 0.50 ERA on the season. So naturally the ESPN announcers had already declared the game over. The ESPN announcers had been praising the Padres all night so I’m sure this inning really stuck in their craw. With two outs, the Dodgers were down to their last out when Mookie muscled a ball over the left field wall into the seats to tie the game.

Caleb Ferguson was outstanding, tossing a scoreless bottom of the ninth. Fergie whiffed Sullivan and Trent Grisham to get the game into extras. In the top of the tenth, Will Smith’s grounder moved ghost-runner Freeman to third. But San Diego rookie Brent Honeywell got Muncy looking to record the second out. The Dodgers rookies came to the rescue. Busch roped a single to left to score Freeman and put the Dodgers ahead. Then after a balk advanced Busch to second, Outman made sure he would be able to walk home by crushing a two-run shot to right. Dodgers lead 5-2.

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With the Dodgers up 5-2, San Diego fans and the ESPN announcers were despondent. Dodger’s closer Evan Phillips closed up shop by retiring Tatis, Soto and striking out Machado. Dodgers win it 5-2! Tough luck ESPN. Those guys always hate on the Dodgers and the boys in blue make them all look like fools. The Dodgers have a happy flight to Milwaukee where they will open a three-game series tomorrow. Now go screw yourself San Diego.

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4 thoughts on “Mookies and Rookies….Dodgers Beat Padres on Sunday Night Baseball

  1. The BS antics of San Diego came back to bite them. After the lifeless Dodgers (0-7 RISP) failed to show up in game 1, San Diego posted a disrespectful video image of Kershaw on their Jumbotron.. Quite appalling, although the Dodgers deserved it. Probably one of the worst games Clayton has pitched, although the Umpire’s ridiculous strike zone did not help matters. Dodger pitching tallied an embarrassing 11 walks. The Dodgers cannot afford to allow inferior teams like the Pads get the upper hand and fuel their inexcusable crap.

    The Dodgers squeaked by in Game 2, saved by excellent pitching and a two run blast by CT3. Again, the offense sputtered. Seems to be MO this year, as was last year…. RISP (0-4).

    Game 3 was no different at the start. Listless offense (3-13 RISP) combined with defensive woes, allowed the Padres to jump into the lead in the 1st. Poor Urias got no help again. Mookie’s bat finally came alive in the 9th, tying the game with a two out HR blast. The kids had to save the day as Busch and Outman slammed the door shut with 3 big runs in the 10th.

    So although they took the 3-game series from the classless Pads, it was not pretty. Lots of room for improvement. I still believe Betts is not a very good leadoff hitter. He needs to get on base and steal some bases.

    Now, the offense limps into Milwaukee, and their three Aces have been spent. What will DR do? He pulled out his Magic 8-Ball last night.

  2. Yes… and limp they did into Milwaukee. The lifeless offense AGAIN squandered scoring opportunities, 0-6 RISP. Must be hard to be a starting pitcher for the Dodgers. Tough to get any early run support. Just ask Urias. One rookie mistake ended a masterful effort by The Catman. Another quality start, wasted away with sloppy play.

    So, DR decided not to start CT3…. One of the hotter bats in the current offense, yielding to a weak Heyward in OF, a hapless Rojas at SS, a rookie Busch at 3rd, and a sick Muncy at DH?? What does Taylor do? Just a two-run pinch hit HR in garbage time.

    Just three unearned runs down, bring in Bickford? Game was still within reach, while waiting for the offense to wake up for another late inning comeback. DR has to stop the bleeding, not allow the Brewers twist the knife in deeper.

    Hey, I get it. You cannot win every game, but you cannot just giveaway games either.

    Come on, Dodgers! Just play some baseball.

    1. Dodgers rallied and took the series. Showed some true grit.
      I gave them a pass on the first game as they had a long overnight flight from LA and didn’t get to their hotel until after 3:00 am.

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