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Relief pitching shines after weekend versus Giants

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The bullpen looked great

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants took two of the three games from this past weekend, preventing the Dodgers from clinching their seventh straight division title at home. Overall, it was a weekend the team likely will want to put behind them, as they head to Baltimore for a three-game set.

Offensively, the Dodgers scored only nine runs in the three games, with five of them coming on Sunday. Aside from A.J. Pollock and Joc Pederson, there weren’t really any hitters who had good weekends at the plate. So, we switch things over to the bullpen, and the stellar job they did this weekend.

As a team, the Dodgers allowed only six runs this weekend, with half of them coming courtesy of Clayton Kershaw. Another run came from Tony Gonsolin, who started on Saturday. The bullpen gave the Dodgers 17 innings this weekend, and allowed only two total runs, both of which were charged to Dylan Floro. If you add Julio Urias to the mix, who was the “opener” on Sunday, that’s 19 innings of two-run ball.

Yimi Garcia pitched in all three games, putting up zeros in each. He pitched 2 13 innings, allowing zero hits and striking out two.

Adam Kolarek pitched in two games, combining to throw a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Since being acquired by the Dodgers, Kolarek has yet to allow a run. He’s appeared in 17 games with LA, issuing only two walks over the course of nine innings while posting a FIP of 2.55.

Another pitcher the Dodgers acquired this year, Casey Sadler, has been great since coming to LA. He threw two hitless innings over the weekend, striking out one. Since being acquired, Sadler has appeared in 19 games with LA. During his time, he’s posted a 2.01 ERA with a WHIP of 1.075.

On Sunday’s game, Urias began the game, throwing two innings while issuing no runs and striking out four. He continues his stellar season, which as seen its share of ups-and-downs. Since April 18, Urias has posted an ERA of 1.83, while holding opponents to a .200 average and OPS of only .569.

Finally, Kenta Maeda came out of the bullpen in relief on Sunday, throwing four scoreless innings in what was one of his better outings of the season. In his four innings, he allowed no runs on only one hit, while striking out six and issuing zero walks. He picked up his ninth win of the season.