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Dodgers: Mookie Betts Earns His First Walk-Off in Los Angeles

The Dodgers are looking to put a little space between them and the Padres heading into the All-Star break. Getting a run of games against some pretty bad teams gives them that opportunity. So earning a series sweep over the Rockies this week was a good step in the right direction. 

But in order to do that, the Dodgers needed to come back. Mitch White gave up 1 run on a very odd play in the 6th inning. After a walk to Kris Bryant, Brendan Rogers blooped a single into center. His throw got past both Justin Turner and White at third, and the ball rolled into the camera well, giving the Rockies the lead.

But the Dodgers never gave up, despite a lack of offensive production. In the bottom of the 7th. Cody Bellinger reached on a single and got to third on a Gavin Lux base hit. Bellinger eventually came around to score on a ball that skipped away from the catcher. 

That set the stage for the 9th inning. The Dodgers immediately loaded the bases against Daniel Bard. A pair of singles and a walk to Will Smith brought up Mookie Betts for his Hollywood moment, and he delivered with a high chopper over the mound. 

“I think we’re finally playing all-around good baseball,” Roberts said. “I think all year long we’ve done a great job of pitching. … We’ve caught the baseball really. And I think finally our offense is playing for one another.”

It wasn’t the most satisfying walk-off hit, but it was a hit nonetheless. Mitch White finished with 5.2 innings and 1 unearned run under his belt. He struck out 6 and walked 4 in the process. Meanwhile, the Dodgers bullpen absolutely dominated. 

The Dodgers take the series sweep from Colorado and head into the Cubs series with a whopping 6-game lead over the Padres in the NL West. San Diego and San Francisco will square off in a 4-game set this weekend. 

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