Trevor Bauer gave the Dodgers seven strong innings and they gave him run support, a true rarity. LA picked up the 7-0 victory over the Marlins on Saturday, securing their second consecutive series win. After not winning a series in what felt like years, winning two in a row sure feels nice. They’ve won four games in a row and five of their last six games.
Let’s start with Bauer, because yet again he was fantastic. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. For the game, he struck out 10. Actually, those 10 came within the first four innings. Bauer didn’t record one strikeout over his final three innings of action. No biggie, he won us all Jumbo Jacks so he’s forgiven.
For the game, Bauer had 21 whiffs and 15 called strikes. That’s good for a CSW% of 32, meaning nearly 1⁄3 of his pitches were either a swing and miss or a called strike. That’ll play. So far at Dodger Stadium this season, Bauer has allowed only two runs in 20 innings and has 28 strikeouts. That will also play.
Onto the offense. As I mentioned, they actually gave Bauer run support. Over his last three starts, the Dodgers had scored a combined one run when he exited the game. They had scored five runs over his previous five outings.
They scored two in the fourth to jump on the board. To begin the inning, LA was able to load the bases for Chris Taylor without recording an out. Taylor walked, bringing in the first run of the night. Gavin Lux then grounded out, bringing in the second run.
An inning later, LA added two more runs to double the lead. Mookie Betts walked and Corey Seager was hit on the hand by a pitch. As of now, there’s no update on Seager so hopefully he’ll just have a huge bruise.
Aaaaaaand Corey Seager has left the game after getting hit in the hand by a pitch pic.twitter.com/gKvhdEDFuZ— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) May 16, 2021
With two on, Max Muncy singled in Betts, giving LA the 3-0 edge. After a Will Smith walk, Taylor brought in a run with a groundout, making it a 4-0 ballgame.
The Dodgers didn’t need it, but they added three insurance runs in the eighth inning. They loaded the bases to begin the inning, truly doing it all with a single, walk and hit by pitch. With the bases juiced, DJ Peters stepped up to the plate. He singled in two runs for his first pair of RBI in his career. Mookie Betts brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.
Joe Kelly, who hadn’t pitched in more than a week, threw a scoreless ninth inning to shut things down.
WP: Trevor Bauer (4-2) 7 IP, 0 ER, 10 SO, 0 BB
LP: Jordan Holloway (1-2) 3 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB