The Dodgers’ plan of attack against Logan Webb was a little better on Thursday night but not nearly enough as they had hoped. Webb was able to limit Los Angeles to 1 run on 4 hits in 7 innings pitched before handing things off to the bullpen.
The Boys in Blue were able to scrape together 4 more hits, 2 of which came in the top of the 9th against the Giants closer Camilo Doval. After Justin Turner was hit by a pitch, Gavin Lux and Cody Bellinger both followed with singles of their own to give Los Angeles the lead.
Lux spoke about how they planned on going about being productive in the 9th.
“Brownie [Brant Brown], one of our hitting coaches, was like ‘let’s single them to death here in the 9th.’ Logan Webb was obviously really good so the entire game we kind of had that approach and then we finally pushed it across in the 9th there. Obviously, Mookie had 4 singles. That was kind of the approach we had to take. Just grind it out and push some runs across.”
The Dodgers who have been known to live and die by the long ball over the past couple of seasons, found success by playing station to station, who knew? 7 of the team’s 8 hits were singles and the other a double by Corey Seager that started the scoring.
Hopefully, the Dodgers continue that approach for the rest of the playoffs and let the home runs eventually come to them instead of depending on them so much. Putting pressure on opposing pitchers would go a long way in generating more offense as well as depleting the opposing team’s arms. Especially with key players like both Trea and Justin Turner both struggling to produce at the plate so far this postseason.