Dodgers Make Quick Work Of Athletics With Fifth Straight Win

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The Dodgers have won five in a row and made it look easy against the Oakland Athletics as they win the series before their last away game on Wednesday.

After dropping the Opening Day game against the Rockies, the Dodgers are now 5-1 to start the season winning five straight. Clayton Kershaw performed much better than his last start in Colorado, which helps prove the case that Coors field is one of the worst ballparks to pitch in. Kershaw went 7 innings while only giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 8 strikeouts as he frustrated the batters all night. He generated 21 swings and misses which is definitely an incredible feat for king of the Dodgers rotation which he helped prove on Tuesday.

On the offensive side of things, the bats were alive and well as the Dodgers had scored 5 runs on 11 hits, with three home runs. Austin Barnes had got in on the action with a RBI double which started lit the fire that the team needed. Mookie Betts got his first home run of the season with a shot into left center field which was capped off an overall great night for the boys in blue.

Former A’s Shine For Dodgers

It was a great night for former Oakland Athletic players in Max Muncy and Blake Treinen as they both perform well as they stick it to their former team. Muncy hit a two-run home run in the top of the 3rd inning to right field. Treinen came into the 8th inning after Kershaw’s stellar performance, as he pitched a fantastic 8th inning, Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, let him go back out for the 9th until he gave up a leadoff base hit. It does raise an eyebrow as to why Roberts wanted Treinen to go back out, regardless if he had a great 8th inning, there should be no reason to blow him for back to back innings this early in the season.

Dodgers Looking For Sweep

The Dodgers are back at it again on Wednesday as they have Trevor Bauer taking the ball for his second regular season start in a Dodgers uniform. In his last start, Bauer looked dominant against the Rockies for much of the game until the Coors field affect got to him as he gave up 4 runs. Expect Bauer to do even better against the Athletics as his last start was an unfair judgment due to pitching in Colorado. The Athletics will counter with Jesus Luzardo as he’ll look to rebound from his last outing against the Astros where he gave up 5 runs on 8 hits. Game time is at 12:37 pm PST.

Jacob Cisneros is a writer for Dodgers-LowDown. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @_JacobCisneros.