The Los Angeles Dodgers are in seventh heaven. With the narrow 4-2 victory over their rivals the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers have won seven straight games.
They were, however, put once more in a pressure cooker before shutting down the Orange and the Black. Mookie Betts opened the scoring in the third inning with a home run to left field, the 200th of his major league career.
The Dodgers appeared to have pulled away from the Giants when Freddie Freeman homered 391 feet to the right. That pushed the score to 4-0. The Giants, however, had other plans.
Los Angeles reliever Reyes Moronta replaced Evan Phillips in the top of the ninth. He knocked out Joc Pederson and flew out of Brandon Belt. Moronta then walked Thairo Estrada and Yermin Mercedes. The reliever was later replaced by former Cy Young winner David Price, who checked in for closer duties.
Luis Gonzalez led Thairo Estrada with Yermin Mercedes in the goalscoring position. Joey Bart continued with a single from RBI. The hit drove Mercedes in while Luis Gonzalez moved to third base.
With the tying run at third base, David Price received a controversial three-hit call against Austin Slater that ended the game. This strengthened the Los Angeles Dodgers’ stronghold in the division. In contrast, the San Francisco Giants suffered their third straight loss.
Los Angeles Dodgers avoid fear against San Francisco Giants
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff has been wobbly lately. They can’t be blamed though, as the majority of their stalwarts have been on the shelf for quite some time.
Walker Buehler, Tommy Kahnle, Brusnar Graterol, Andrew Heaney and Blake Trenien are just a few of the names on their nearly endless list of pitching injuries.
This should have dampened the spirit of the team, but their determination continues to be effective even in the most difficult moments.
The Dodgers have been smoking this year. With the New York Yankees’ recent struggles, LA is poised to snatch the best record in baseball from them. They are only one game behind the Bronx Bombers in overall win-loss record.
It would be interesting to see if they can sweep their main rivals in their four-game series. The Dodgers host the Washington Nationals after their series with the Giants.