The Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final game of a four-game series. Budding ace Walker Buehler was sent to the hill to face off against the D’Backs’ offseason acquisition, Luke Weaver. Corey Seager and Justin Turner were absent from the lineup as Dave Roberts had planned to give them some rest.
This is what the lineup shaped up to be, with the notable inclusion of Alex Verdugo batting sixth and playing right field and the notable move of Max Muncy to third base.
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Walker Buehler looked solid. His fastball hit as high as 99 mph on the gun. Wilmer Flores grounded weakly to third to test Max Muncy’s third base ability early. Ildemaro Vargas grounded weakly to first after nine pitches. David Peralta drove a ball to deep right-center field but AJ Pollock got to it in a hurry for the third out.
Luke Weaver walked Joc Pederson on seven pitches. Boy, is Joc seeing the ball well. Cody Bellinger followed that up with a single and the Dodgers were in business early. AJ Pollock also singled to load the bases with nobody out for Max Muncy who struck out on a changeup. Enrique Hernandez delivered a sacrifice fly to score Joc Pederson. Alex Verdugo was brought up with two on and two out and pounded a two-run double to the right-center gap, scoring Bellinger and Pollock. Chris Taylor drove one to the warning track for the third out. The Dodgers got busy early once again.
Alex Verdugo getting things started early. pic.twitter.com/sYgGMFLkmf
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Adam Jones popped out. Jake Lamb and Ketel Marte grounded out. Ferris was cruising with his pitch count under control.
Russell Martin struck out. Walker Buehler and Joc Pederson grounded out. Luke Weaver looked better.
Nick Ahmed flew out to the warning track. Carson Kelly banged a single into center field. Luke Weaver popped up a bunt to first for the second out. Wilmer Flores ended the inning with a groundout.
Wouldn’t ya know, Cody Bellinger led the bottom half of the third inning off with a no-doubter into the right field pavilion. 425 feet. That is four homers in as many games for CodyLove. AJ Pollock rolled it to third for the first out. Max Muncy walked. Enrique Hernandez popped up. Alex Verdugo scorched a ball to dead center for the third out.
Ildemaro Vargas led things off with a double. David Peralta promptly singled him home to cut the lead to 3. Adam Jones then dropped a jam shot into center field. The first pitch to Jake Lamb got away from Russell Martin and moved the runners up. Lamb walked on four pitches to load the bases. Ketel Marte singled in a pair of runs to cut the lead to 1. Walker Buehler, who was already on a pitch count limitation, was pulled in favor of Pedro Baez. Walker ended with a final line of five earned on five hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out none.
Ketel Marte stole second base to put runners at second and third for Nick Ahmed, who doubled to allow the D’Backs to take the one run lead. Carson Kelly flew out for the first out. Luke Weaver then proceeded to pound a 2-run homer to left field. Sickening. Three run lead for the D’Backs. Wilmer Flores then singled off Baez. Ildemaro Vargas, batting for the second time in the inning, proceeded to ground into a double play to end the inning. Tough one for the Dodgers.
Chris Taylor struck out. Russell Martin poked a base hit to right field. David Freese, pinch-hitting for Pedro Baez, popped out. Joc Pederson took one to the back to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Cody Bellinger. Belli hit a rocket off the glove of Eduardo Escobar to score Russell Martin from second and cut the deficit to two. Runners on the corners for AJ Pollock with two away. Pollock hit the ball back to the box for the third out.
Scott Alexander came on in relief of Pedro Baez. David Peralta led the inning off with a deep fly to right for the first out. Adam Jones struck out. Jake Lamb grounded out. Good inning from Scott Alexander.
Max Muncy led it off and flew out. Enrique Hernandez singled. Luke Weaver was pulled from the game in favor of Yoan Lopez. He threw 97 pitches and surrendered four earned on six hits and two walks. He struck out three. Alex Verdugo grounded out, moving Hernandez to second. Chris Taylor walked on seven pitches against Lopez. Russell Martin walked to load the bases. None other than Corey Seager came up to the plate to pinch hit for Scott Alexander and…he popped up to end the inning. Sad.
Yimi Garcia came on to pitch for the Dodgers. Ketel Marte greeted him with a triple over AJ Pollock’s head. Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly then followed up with pop ups. Christian Walker, certified Dodger killer, proceeded to strike out. Excellent comeback for Garcia.
Joc Pederson and AJ Pollock grounded out and Cody Bellinger struck out.
Caleb Fergsuon came on to replace Garcia in the seventh. Wilmer Flores lined out. Ildemaro Vargas struck out. David Peralta and Adam Jones both singled. Eduardo Escobar grounded out to end the inning.
Archie Bradley came on in relief for the D’Backs. Max Muncy struck out. Enrique Hernandez walked. Alex Verdugo flew out. Chris Taylor walked to threaten. Russell Martin put out the fire by striking out.
Dylan Floro replaced Caleb Ferguson. Ketel Marte flew out. Nick Ahmed singled. Carson Kelly lined out. Christian Walker singled and then stole second base. Wilmer Flores grounded out to end the top half of the eighth.
JT reached on an error with Yoshihisa Hirano replacing Archie Bradley. Joc Pederson struck out on a changeup. Cody Bellinger then proceeded to hit an infield single after working an extensive at-bat. AJ Pollock came up with a two-run triple to tie it! Max Muncy then came up big with a sacrifice fly to take the lead! Enrique Hernandez struck out to end it, but not before we took the lead!
Big Ken Jansen came in for the ninth for the save. Ildemaro Vargas flew out. David Peralta struck out on a questionable strike three call. Peralta was ejected. Adam Jones popped out to end the game.
W: Dylan Floro (1-0)
L: Yoshihisa Hirano (0-1)
SV: Kenley Jansen (1)