Dodgers On Deck: Dodgers vs Diamondbacks – Series Recap


They keep marching on towards victory with another series win.


The bats keep swinging in unison, and the baseballs keep dancing with mystifying rhythm as the boys in blue continue on the road to the next team. The Los Angeles Dodgers move to 7-3 after they win three games out of 4 to take the series in Arizona against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the National League as they keep improving. Their bats continue to create sparks, and eventually, it will catch and turn into a bonfire of supremacy.


Los Angeles Dodgers (7-3)  |  Arizona Diamondbacks (3-7)


Game 1 – Win 6-3


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The Dodgers were able to take game 1 of the series, with AJ Pollock, Max Muncy, and Corey Seager putting the Dodgers ahead early on and keeping it that way for the rest of the game. AJ Pollock hit his first home run of the campaign in the form of a 2-run blast to left field. Corey Seager hit his 2nd home run of the year at the top of the 2nd, and Max Muncy knocked his 3rd at the top of the 6th. 

These “three amigos” were the essence of the team’s win on Thursday, combined with Ross Stripling’s dominance on the mound, collecting his 2nd win of the season. In the 6th inning, Stripling started to slip and would be responsible for the only three runs the Diamondbacks would obtain. The bullpen held it for the rest of the way, keeping the perception of the Dodgers having one of the best bullpens in the National League.


Top Performers Of The Game

Max Muncy in 4 AB, 2 H, 2 R, 1 RBI.

AJ Pollock in 5 AB, 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI’s

Corey Seager in 3 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI’s,1 BB

The consistency of these three men held the frontlines, and with the reinforcements of the pitchers in relief, the Dodgers were able to keep the lead, even while Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger struggled to produce.



Game 2 – Loss 3-5


Mookie Betts came alive in a line-up that produced a total of 9 hits for the game, with 2 of the three runs coming directly from Betts. The Dodgers took the lead in the 4th after Betts hit his first home run of the season, and followed it up with a single in the 5th to bring in Edwin Rios for an RBI. Corey Seager would provide another insurance run with a blast to right field making it his 3rd home run of the year.


Dodgers on Deck
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Direct the loss towards the breakdown of the bullpen, even after an excellent outing from RHP Tony Gonsolin, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 SO. The only run tallied for the Diamondbacks was from RF Kole Calhoun in the 6th inning, and the Dodgers made the proper adjustments to make sure they kept the lead.

Blake Treinen came into the 8th, and things started to dip, just before heading straight into a nosedive. A fielding error by Justin Turner allowed Ketel Marte to get on base, followed by a walk to Kole Calhoun.

Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts chose to intentionally walk Eduardo Escobar, loading the bases for 1B Christian Walker, who was batting DH. Walker then doubled to right bringing in all three runners to take the lead. Arizona won the game by holding the score through the 9th. It was proof that baseball is a chess game. Overthink or make the wrong move, and it can leave you checkmated.


Top Performers Of The Game

Mookie Betts in 5 AB, 3 H, 1 R, 2 RBI’s

Corey Seager in 4 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI

Chris Taylor in 4 AB, 2 H, 1 BB



Game 3  Win 11-2


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The Dodgers came to play, and run up the score almost as if they were making up for mistakes the night before. Everyone produced as a well-oiled machine, followed by excellent pitching allowing only 2 earned runs.  This was exhausting if you were a Diamondback. This was exhausting if you weren’t a Dodger fan.

The Dodgers out-hit the Diamondbacks 11 – 5. It was the Diamondbacks that got on the board early in the 1st inning, but that would eventually be a moot point. Enter the 4th inning, 3B Edwin Rios, and 1B Matt Beaty homered to put up three runs. Where hitting is contagious, the 5th inning was more of an RBI-fest than anything else—putting up 5-runs in the form of a triple by Justin Turner, a single by Joc Pederson, and a home run by AJ Pollock.

Chris Taylor would hit a 3-run home run in the 8th to add on to the insult and cement the Dodgers’ domination of game 3.



Top Performers Of The Game

Corey Seager 4 AB, 2 H, 1 R

Joc Pederson 4 AB, 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

AJ Pollock 4 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI’s, 1 BB



Game 4 Win 3-0


This Week In Baseball
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Clayton Kershaw is back, and what a performance he put on in his delayed debut of the season. In complete ace mode all the way, the three-time Cy Young winner, left-handed curve-ball throwing master dominated while being supported by a team assembling nine hits, but leaving a few too many ducks on the pond at times.

Into the first inning, Cody Bellinger hit a 2-run home run, number one of the season. Then Mookie Betts followed it up in the 5th inning with a home run of his own. Both possible MVP’s were the only two to put runs on the board in this one. No time like the present to get out of a slump, and Bellinger has been struggling as of late.

Merill Kelly pitched a solid game giving up three runs, but the Diamondbacks bullpen came in to make sure no more runs would be tallied on this occasion. Unfortunately, with Kershaw pitching 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 SO’s, following by the dominant bullpen appearances from RHP Pedro Baez, LHP Scott Alexander, and closer Kenley Jansen, the Diamondbacks didn’t have an opportunity for redemption.


Top Performers Of The Game

The pitching staff of Los Angeles Dodgers


Preview Of The San Diego Padres Series


The Dodgers (6-3) travel to San Diego before for their last road series before going home and are looking to close out this trip with a bang. The Padres (6-3) are looking great this season despite coming off of a losing series against the Colorado Rockies. This should be very exciting to watch since both teams have the same record going into the matchup, and both line-ups are hungry.

How will SS Fernando Tatis Jr, SS/DH Manny Machado, and LF Tommy Pham fair against the devasting bullpen of RHP Brusdar Graterol (2.08 ERA ) LHP Caleb Ferguson (0.00 ERA)  LHP Adam Kolarek (0.00 ERA)? Meet me here after the series, and we’ll chat about it.


Tonight, 8/3 scheduled to pitch in game 1


  • The Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (0-0) / Padres RHP Chris Paddack (1-0)


On Tuesday, 8/4 scheduled to pitch in game 2


  • The Dodgers: RHP Dustin May  / Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (1-0),


On Wednesday, 8/5 scheduled to pitch game 3


  • The Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (2-0) / Padres: RHP Garrett Richards (0-0)

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