Dodgers On Deck: Dodgers vs Mariners

The Los Angeles Dodgers took three out of four game in their series against the Seattle Mariners and continue to hold the best record in the Major Leagues.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Seattle Mariners #8

Game 1 Win 11-9

“We needed every run we could get,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told A perfect segway into a slugfest where the offense was on display, and the win could have gone either way.

Kyle Seager and Corey Seager were the night’s stars, brothers on opposite teams almost trying to show one another up by driving in runs for their respective organizations. Kyle Seager gave the Mariners an early 1-run lead on a single, followed by a hit from Austin Nola to make the score 2-0.

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Mookie Betts hits a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first to get the Dodgers’ motor running. A taste of what is in store for the Mariners in the next inning. At the bottom of the 2nd, The Dodgers would load the bases, putting the pressure on Mariners pitcher James Dunn. That pressure would manifest in a hit by a pitch to Matt Beaty to bring in a run, the Dodgers moving from station to station, and Betts would bring in another with a single.

Corey Seager would hit a three-run shot to right field, and round the bases to get a smile from his older brother Kyle, making the score 6-2. With a Mariners 5-run rally, back to back Kyle Lewis would hit a two-run blast to bring the Mariners closer; then Kyle Seager would hit a home run, bringing the game within one. This time as Kyle rounded the bases, he received a friendly smile from his brother Corey. Evan White would homer and give Seattle the lead 6-7.
Fast forward to the 7th, where Dodgers would get a 5-run rally of their own. Corey Seager, Justin Turner would hit singles, and Cody Bellinger would earn a walk to load the bases. The pressure once again was on the Mariners pitching staff. Max Muncy would tie the game with a walk, and Enrique Hernandez would smoke a 2-run home run to left field to make the score 11-8.
Either pitching didn’t show up, or everybody had their hitting goggles on, both teams had 13 hits for the game.

Game 2 – Win 2-1

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A complete opposite from the night before, it was a pitcher’s duel matchup where both teams struggled to score. They were like two artists, with the strike zone was their canvas. Once again, the win could have gone either way. The game belonged to the pitching staff, hands down. Tony Gonsolin (6.0 2 H, 0 ER, 3 SO) again has a phenomenal start on the mound, with Gonsolon still rocking a 0.00 ERA. LHP Marco Gonzales (7.0, 5 H, 1 ER, 9 SO) was mowing the Dodgers down with absolute filthy, beautiful pitches.
The game tied at 0 into the 6th inning, where Justin Turner would bring in a run on a single. The Mariners would answer back in the 7th, tying the game 1-1. Corey Seager would deliver a big single to put the Dodgers ahead in the 8th, and with that run, they would win the game.

Game 3 – Loss 4-6

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Austin Nola might as well have been called “Mr. Clutch” tonight from his Seattle teammates because he earned 4 RBI’s on two hits, and oh what hits they were. Nola put the Mariners up early, but the Dodgers’ power bats would strike back fast. In the 2nd, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson would homer to put the Dodgers in the lead, 2-1. The following inning Cody Bellinger would blast one to right field, Making Taijuan Walker (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO) struggle early on.
The Dodgers would call upon RHP Dennis Santana early in the 2nd. While pitching into the 3rd, it was clear the Mariners had his number, After a single, a walk, Austin Nola would deliver one of the most significant bats of the night, and crush a 3-run bomb and take the lead for the Mariners.

Dave Roberts got thrown out by umpire Mark Ripperger in the 6th for arguing a low strike on Max Muncy. Muncy himself was ejected after his at-bat when he started to question Ripperger as well, and thankfully his teammates came to calm Muncy down before it could escalate.
The Dodgers were able to score on a single in the 8th thanks to Justin Turner, but that would be the only run tallied. With this win, the Mariners now had an opportunity to split the series.

Game 4 – Win 6-1

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Clayton Kershaw (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 11 SO) pitched another gem of a start to lead his Dodgers to victory. Racking up 11 strikeouts, Kershaw was in full superhero-form. Kyle Seager was the only player able to score off of Kershaw, Seager hit a home run in the 4th inning, which would be the single run the Mariners would acquire.

Matt Beaty and AJ Pollock would both bring in runs, extending the Dodgers lead. Cody Bellinger had an excellent game earning an RBI on a single in the 3rd and hitting a home run in the 8th. Great at-bats by the Dodgers all around sustained by dominant pitching on the mound led the Dodgers to win the game and win the series.

Colorado Rockies Series Preview

The Rockies (13-11) come to Dodger-land for a 3-game series after getting swept by the Houston Astros. Maybe in the Dodgers’ favor, the momentum may have shifted after losing four straight games. Before that series, the Rockies were looking great at the plate.

Charlie Blackmon, “Chuck Nasty,” is always the player a pitching coach should circle on a lineup, and the Rockies have power bats that can explode on any given moment, in baseball, all it takes is a win to put everyone back on the same page. With Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger reclaiming their momentum, and Corey Seager just having a fantastic season so far, this should be a great matchup and entertaining for all us baseball fans. Which team will come out on top?

Scheduled to pitch in game 1 Friday 8/21

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (0-0) / Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (1-2)

Schedule to pitch in game 2 Saturday 8/22

Dodgers: RHP Dustin May (1-1) / Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (2-1)

Schedule to pitch in game 3 Sunday 8/23

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-1) / Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (3-0)

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-Joshua Rushford – Franchise Sports Media