The LowDown: Dodgers Make History Against Strong Opponent

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Game One

[FRIDAY] The Dodgers team together for a total five home runs in a blowout victory against the Seattle Mariners. Returning Dodger, Matt Kemp, hit his 200th career home run as a Dodger in the seventh inning off Seattle’s Christian Bergman.

Walker Buehler started the game for the Dodgers and pitched another gem. Buehler went six innings full, allowing one run on three hits and a pair of walks. Through those six innings of work, Buehler fanned eight Mariners. Buehler received the win in the effort, his sixth of the season.

While Buehler pitched great and Kemp hit a big milestone, etching himself into Dodger lore, Manny Machado was the story of the night. Machado collected three RBIs with two homers on the evening. Machado would end with a two for five line, but did not go down on strikes in any of his at-bats.

The Dodgers’ other two home runs of the total five came off the bats of Yasmani Grandal and Max Muncy. Grandal’s homer, a solo shot, was his 21st this season, while Muncy’s was a two-run shot, and his team-leading 27th home run in 2018.

Dylan Floro came on in relief in the seventh inning, followed by Zac Rosscup who closed out the final two innings. The bullpen’s appearance would be a scoreless one for the Dodgers, collectively recording three strikeouts in the shutout performance.

The Dodgers defeat the Mariners, 11-1. (Dodgers lead series, 1-0)

Game Two

[SATURDAY] Rich Hill struggled against a playoff-racing Mariners lineup, leaving the Dodgers to have to make a late comeback in order to salvage the game. However, more bullpen antics from the Dodgers cost the team a win in the worst way a game can be lost in baseball; the balk-off.

Hill, like Buehler the night before, tossed six innings and struck out eight batters. And while Buehler saw success, Hill saw less than such. Rich Hill allowed four hits and five walks, yielding four runs. He did not receive a loss in the game, as the offense bailed him out in the ninth inning, tying the game.

Cody Bellinger stroked an RBI base hit in the first inning to give the Dodgers an early lead. Outside of that, the rest of the Dodgers’ offense came on solo home runs from Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, and Max Muncy. The homers from Turner and Bellinger came in the eighth inning off of Alex Colome, while Muncy’s homer came in the ninth inning off of Edwin Diaz.

The Dodgers called on five different arms out of the bullpen in this ten-inning game. Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, J.T. Chargois, Caleb Ferguson, and Dylan Floro appeared in the game. The bullpen only gave up one run, coming in the bottom of the tenth inning with bases loaded and one out. Ferguson was credited with allowing the run, earning just his second loss in 2018. The run came across on a walk-off balk performed by Dylan Floro. With bases loaded, the balk forced the winning run in to score.

The Dodgers lose to the Mariners, 5-4. (Mariners tie series, 1-1)

Game Three

[SUNDAY] Clayton Kershaw continues to show fans why he’s the best pitcher on the planet, earning his 150th career win to move into legendary company on the Dodgers’ way to taking a series from the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Kershaw worked through seven strong innings, allowing only one run on four hits and a walk. Kershaw ended his day with seven strikeouts to his credit, increasing his season total to one hundred fifteen punchouts. The career 150th win puts Kershaw in the company of Don Sutton, Don Drysdale, Dazzy Vance, Brickyard Kennedy, Sandy Koufax, and Burleigh Grimes as the only pitchers in franchise history to reach that number of wins. Kershaw is undoubtedly a Hall of Famer.

The offense exploded for a dozen runs versus Seattle. The Dodgers offense was heavily driven by RBI base hits, rather than the usual Dodger-way of living and dying by the home run. However, Kike Hernandez and Justin Turner both hit homers around the team’s surplus of run-scoring base hits.

Daniel Hudson pitched a strong, scoreless eighth inning to bridge over to Zac Rosscup in the ninth. In the inning, Rosscup tossed nine pitches; all nine for strikes. Rosscup’s immaculate inning was the 93rd in Major League history, per @DodgerInsider.

The Dodgers defeat the Mariners, 12-1. (Dodgers win series, 2-1)

Dodgers-LowDown ‘Player of the Series’

Taking home the Dodgers-LowDown Player of the Series honors for a second consecutive series and outdoing his prior series’ performance, is Justin Turner. JT just seems to have everyone’s number this month, extending his hitting streak to thirteen games with hits in every game of this series. Unreal play from Turner!

Turner’s Final Line:

  • 13 AB
  • 7 H (2 HR)
  • 6 RBI
  • 5 R
  • 2 BB

 

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.