The Dodgers had to be hoping for a better start from Tyler Anderson. But while he has been one of their better starters over the last month-plus, TA didn’t have all of his stuff against the White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Anderson threw a bunch of pitches in the first inning. He allowed just a single and a walk but still labored through 30 pitches to get out of the jam without allowing a run to come across. The Dodgers’ offense didn’t help out though.
They went scoreless through 4 innings before busting out. That came via a 6-run 5th inning in which Tony La Russia left his starter out way too long. But with 2 outs, the Dodgers mounted an incredible rally. And they needed it because the bullpen nearly let Dave Roberts down again.
Freddie Freeman doubled in a pair, followed by a Trea Turner single and Max Muncy double. That put the Dodgers up for good as they overcame Tyler Anderson’s rocky start. They would add some runs on a 3-run shot by Muncy later in the game as Tony La Russa inexplicably walked Trea Turner with 2 strikes and 2 outs in the inning.
But the bullpen nearly gave this one away. After Alex Vesia got tagged with a pair of runs, Daniel Hudson was very close to blowing the save. He got hit with 2 runs as well and struck out Gavin Sheets with the tying run on second base. It was the Dodgers’ 37th win of the year.
Up next, the Dodgers will head out to San Francisco for a 3-game series against the Giants. It will be just the second time this year that the 2 NL West teams match up.