The Dodgers’ victory tonight is an afterthought for me. As a lifelong Clippers fan, tonight was special and a night I’ll never forget. For those Lakers fans, I’m sorry but my parents would take me to 5-10 games a year while growing up as an only child. I stuck with them through thick and thin, and tonight’s win is a game I’ll never forget.
Sorry for the sappy intro, I just wanted to tell all you readers just how happy I am.
Okay, onto the Dodgers game. The only offense came in the eighth from LA, but it was all they needed as they took down the D-Backs, 3-0.
Through seven, we had a snooze fest of a game. Well, if you like pitching then it was actually a pretty damn good game. However, both offenses couldn’t get anything going.
Steven Souza Jr. had his Dodgers moment, just a few days into his tenure. Leading off the inning, the former D-Back hit the go-ahead homer that barely went over the left field fence, giving the Dodgers the 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers added two insurance runs after his homer. Gavin Lux walked and Andy Burns doubled, putting two runners on. A sacrifice fly from Mookie Betts added a run and then a balk a batter later brought in another run. Those would be the only three runs on the night for LA. As a team they had only three hits and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Switching things over to the pitching, Trevor Bauer was excellent yet again. He threw seven scoreless innings and allowed only three hits. Bauer had eight strikeouts on the night with 12 whiffs.
Arizona had multiple chances to put runs on the board. They had a leadoff double in the first inning but couldn’t even advance the runner. They had runners on first and second with two outs in the third but couldn’t capitalize. Runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth, but yet again finished the inning with zero runs.
Jimmy Nelson threw a scoreless inning in the eighth and Kenley Jansen shut things down in the ninth for his 17th save of the season.
WP: Trevor Bauer (7-5) 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO
LP: Joe Mantiply (0-2) 2 H, 3 ER
SV: Kenley Jansen (1) 1 IP, 0 ER
HR: Steven Souza Jr. (1)