The Dodgers completed a 3-game sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals, and now have a record of 77-40, while holding an 18.5 game lead in the NL West. After being stifled by Cardinal pitching all game long, the offense came to life just enough in the 9th inning to win it off the bat of veteran Russell Martin.
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After the game, manager Dave Roberts broke down the 9th inning effort from the offense.
Just keep putting together at-bats. Obviously, down a run, you’ve got [Andrew] Miller, but Corey [Seager] gets hit by a pitch, and Will Smith comes up in a big sport against a guy he has never seen, really good stuff, and to take the at-bat, keep the line moving, and obviously with Russell [Martin], he’s a guy that’s been in that spot many times over, and it just seems like everyday there is somebody different that you are pouring Gatorade on.
But, it’s really good to see, it’s great from our ball club, their desire, and will to play 27 outs.
The game was started by — Big Red himself — Dustin May who delivered an electric performance on the YouTube big stage. Roberts offered up his thoughts on Dustin May:
Dustin today, it was really exciting, we talked about before the game, what he needed to do, as far as sequencing, pitching to different quadrants, strike throwing, and he checked all those boxes. He and Rick had a great game plan. Russell implemented, and Dustin executed.
Dustin ended his second career outing with 5.2 innings pitched on the ledger, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 7 and walking 1.