Young Dodgers ace Walker Buehler made his first start of the second half on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. It came after a 12-day layoff between starts — he did appear for one inning during the All-Star Game — so the rust between outings definitely showed.
After the game, Walker spoke with SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo about his outing after the long layoff.
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I think it’s [the layoff] going to affect everyone a little bit at least, and if that’s 3 inches off one way or the other, this game will change. I’m not worried going forward; just proud of our team coming back from the hole I put us in.
He served up 3 home runs to 3 different batters in the first 2 innings before settling down to throw 4 more scoreless innings. It was the first time in his career that he served up 3 home runs in a game, which he attributed to execution more than anything.
The [Scott] Kingery one I made the pitch I wanted to – just not quite up and in enough. Hung an 0-2 breaking ball, which you can’t do to a guy like [Brad] Miller. And then [Bryce] Harper hit a middle-middle fastball.
Some of them you wish you were in better counts, but two of them I was ahead. So, just not good enough.
Of the 6 runs he allowed, however, only 2 were earned after misplays in the second inning undid the Dodgers early on.
After the Harper homer, he retired 8 in a row, and 13 of 15 while working around only one walk and a Corey Seager error.
In the game, the Dodgers nibbled away at the deficit before a rain delay set the stage for lightning off the bat of Matt Beaty who connected on a pinch-hit 3-run go ahead home run in the top of the ninth.
BEATY BEATY BOMB BOMB. pic.twitter.com/49yW4Dx9Bm
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Unfortunately, Kenley Jansen took a line drive off his right ankle and stayed in the game when he probably shouldn’t have only to surrender the lead and the game in the bottom of the ninth.