The Dodgers scored two in the 10th inning to beat the Nationals on Saturday night but wouldn't have been given the chance to do so without four scoreless frames from the bullpen. Dodgers relief pitchers have been remarkably effective in July.
Chris Withrow picked up his first major league win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. His last two appearances have involved four scoreless innings, all in a walk-off situation in a tie game on the road.
Kenley Jansen saved his 11th game on Saturday with a scoreless 10th inning, his second straight perfect inning an fourth consecutive appearance with at least two strikeouts. Jansen has 69 strikeouts and seven unintentional walks this season.
Paco Rodriguez struck out the only batter he faced on Saturday, Bryce Harper in the seventh inning, and he has retired 15 consecutive batters, including eight by strikeout. He last allowed a run on June 5.
Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless inning and hasn't allowed an earned run since June 12. Belisario stranded two runners in the seventh inning on Saturday and since June 1 has stranded eight of his nine inherited runners.
J.P. Howell inherited two runners of his own in the eighth inning but got out of it with a pop out. Howell last allowed a run on June 19.
Jose Dominguez allowed two hits in the seventh, but has allowed only two earned runs in his eight major league appearances.
Brandon League ... has pitched once since July 5.
|Dodgers bullpen in July|
|Totals: 3-0, 4 saves||44||28||8||7||13||46||1.43||0.932|