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Game Recap: Dodgers Pitching Dominates in Victory



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Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore all combined to throw the 23rd no-no in Dodgers history. It was the 12th combined no-hitter in MLB history, and the first in Dodgers history.

Buehler set the tone for the evening, going six innings and striking out eight batters. It was the longest outing of his career. Cingrani, Garcia and Liberatore all threw an inning of relief.

The Dodgers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. With two on, Matt Kemp hit what looked like a routine fly ball. The ball got lost in the rainy sky, falling into no-mans land and bringing in a run.

Two more runs were tacked on in the second. Chris Taylor and Kike Hernandez hit back-to-back solo shots, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. An Alex Verdugo RBI single in the sixth would give L.A. a four run lead. For the Dodgers, that was more than enough.

The Pitching

With how well the pitching looked tonight, the Dodgers would have needed only one run. Walker Buehler led the way for the Dodgers. The rookie, making only his third start, kept the Padres out of tact. They were able to string together two walks in the third, but Buehler escaped the jam. He had eight strikeouts on the evening, and had it not been for his 93 pitches, he easily could have gone at least another inning. His fastball looked un-hittable, and his off-speed pitches appear to be getting better and better each game.

Earlier in the week, we wrote an article criticizing the bullpen. Well, I did. And I must admit. They’ve stepped it up over the last three games. A few games ago, if I would have told you the bullpen would need three hitless innings for a no-hitter, you most likely would have gasped and held your breath. Tonight, there was a confidence I felt in them, that I haven’t felt all season.

Tony Cingrani did cause a scare in the seventh. He walked back-to-back batters to put two on with an out. Just like Buehler earlier, he was successfully able to escape the jam. Yimi Garcia then entered the eighth, and struck out two on 14 pitches. Touching the upper 90’s, Garcia was blowing them past the Padres hitters.

Needing just three more outs, Dave Roberts turned to Adam Liberatore. With some shaky outings on the year, Liberatore came in to face the heart of the Padres order. That didn’t phase him. He struck out two, including the last batter of the game.

Analysis

Overall, this was a great game for the Dodgers. We got to see the potential Walker Buehler possesses. We got to see the bullpen continue their dominance. Even the offense looked pretty darn good! The Dodgers still sit two games below .500, but they’ve now won three in a row, and appear to be getting hot. With two more games against the Padres, and four with the Reds next week, this team appears to be hitting their stride at the right time.

 

 

Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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  1. So much for the great bullpen after Saturday’s game. Another blown lead.
    Fields, Hudson, etc. horrible. Can’t this front office put together something better than this?
    Try bringing up more young arms from our supposedly loaded farm system. Anything is better than this bunch, the Bargain Basement Bums.

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