The LowDown: Dodgers Sweep in Brief Interleague Series

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Game One

[TUESDAY] Walker Buehler pitched a decent game of baseball, leading the way to the Dodgers’ fourth consecutive victory when every game seems to be a must-win.

Buehler tossed four complete innings for the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Buehler’s final line also included four punch outs. This wasn’t Buehler’s best work, but he still put together a performance that kept the Dodgers in the lead, comfortably.

Since Walker Buehler was unable to go the five innings, Caleb Ferguson earned the win out of the ‘pen. Ferguson entered the game in the fifth inning, followed in order by Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, Pat Venditte, and Kenley Jansen. Up until the eighth inning was covered by Ferguson, Baez, and Alexander. In their combined three innings of work, they pitched to perfection. Venditte was the first reliever to allow a hit, when he gave up just one in the eighth. Jansen allowed two runs, but was able to promptly shut the door by turning two to end the game.

The Dodgers offense scored early and often against the Rangers, notching eight runs on the way to the win. Four RBIs were collected by Manny Machado, while Brian Dozier launched the team’s lone home run over the wall in left center field. Notably, Kiké Hernandez had three base hits in the game, making it two consecutive games that he has reached that total.

Dodgers defeat the Rangers, 8-4. (Dodgers lead series, 1-0)

Game Two

[WEDNESDAY] Alex Wood tosses what was arguably the best performance of his season and made sure the Dodgers left Texas with both games while closing in on first place in the division.

Wood pitched through seven strong innings for the Dodgers, shutting out the Rangers while giving up four hits and two walks. Wood left the game with five strikeouts and held his head high, knowing he would be credited with the win.

Scott Alexander and Kenta Maeda emerged from the bullpen to each handle an inning. Alexander pitched a scoreless inning, while Maeda gave up one run on a hit and two walks. Discounting Kenley Jansen’s contributions, the rest of the Dodgers’ bullpen holds a sub-2.00 ERA this season.

The Dodgers’ entire offense was provided on three solo shots of three different bats. One for Cody Bellinger, one for Manny Machado, and one for Yasmani Grandal. The Dodgers left eleven runners on base throughout the course of the team’s fifteen-hit effort. However, that number never came back to bite them.

Dodgers defeat the Rangers, 3-1. (Dodgers win series, 2-0)

Dodgers-LowDown ‘Player of the Series’

Playing a pivotal part in the Dodgers’ offense both nights of this series was the new(ish) guy, Manny Machado. In the past twelve games, Machado has homered five times, and this series wasn’t a break from this torrid hot streak he’s been on.

Machado’s Final Line:

  • 8 AB
  • 3 H (1 HR)
  • 5 RBI
  • 3 R
  • 0 BB

 

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