The Dodgers offense has come out swinging over the last few games. In the final game against the Cardinals, Los Angeles put up a jaw-dropping 11 runs in the first inning. They would go on to win that game 14-3 and take the series.
On Friday night in Atlanta, they once again showed up with the bats ready to go. Sort of. It took them a few innings to break through before they put up an 8 spot in the 5th and knocked Ian Anderson out of the game. The Dodgers would go on to win that one 9-5.
As it turns out, that 5th innings helped the Dodgers match a 52 year-old-record set by the Astros in 1969. They became the first team since that year to have an 11+ run inning in one game and an 8+ run inning in their next game.
The @Dodgers are the first MLB team to have an 11+ run inning in one game and then an 8+ run inning in their next game since the Astros did it in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium on July 30, 1969.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 5, 2021
Funny enough, the Dodgers did a lot of their damage on Friday night by not using the bat. After Gavin Lux’s double, a series of sacrifice bunts, fielder’s choices, and walks resulted in 4 runs to take the lead. A few more hits and walks later and Los Angeles had a 7-run lead.
The Dodgers have a few tough matchups remaining this weekend though, getting Charlie Morton tonight and Max Fried on Sunday. Let’s hope the red hot offense can keep it going and get a series win over the Braves.