After dropping the game late last night, the Dodgers responded nicely on Thursday, picking up their 40th win of the season as they defeated the Athletics 5-1.
The biggest piece of news coming out of the game is the fact Walker Buehler made it through the start without any problems with his blister. After missing a couple of weeks with blister issues, Buehler made the start and looked good. He was on a pitch count, so he lasted only four innings.
He allowed only one hit and didn’t allow a single run in his outing. Buehler cruised through the first three innings, but Oakland made him work in the fourth as he threw 25 pitches. He made a total of 65 pitches. The most important takeaway was the fact that he threw 19 curveballs, per the box score. It looks like the blister didn’t bother him this start, so hopefully he’ll be good to go throughout the postseason.
The bullpen was solid in relief of Buehler, as five different arms combined to allow only one run on two hits.
The Dodgers’ offense got things going in the first. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner reached base. For Turner, this makes his 28th consecutive game reaching base, tying his career-high from 2011. Will Smith singled in a run, giving LA the early 1-0 lead, a lead they wouldn’t give up through the remainder of the game.
LA put another run on the board in the third, thanks to a homer from Corey Seager. It was his 15th of the season, as he continues his MVP campaign. Even though he missed a week this season, Seager has been LA’s best hitter all year. I know you can’t look too in-depth on pace.... but Seager would be on pace for 50 homers over the course of a 162-game season. Wow.
Corey's on fire. pic.twitter.com/A2U5YPpk2M— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 25, 2020
They nearly batted around in the sixth inning, sending eight guys to the plate en route to a three-run inning.
WP: Dylan Floro (3-0) 1 IP, 0 ER
LP: Mike Fiers (6-3) 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 SO
HR: Corey Seager (15) Sean Murphy (7)
The Dodgers will begin their final series of the regular season tomorrow. They’ll welcome the Angels to Los Angeles for a three-game series. Clayton Kershaw will make his final start of the year tomorrow. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT.