Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
The Los Angeles Dodgers gave the Arizona Diamondbacks an old-fashioned whooping when they beat 22-to-1.
Before the game, both Justin Turner and Walker Buehler were named to the All-Star team. Nursing nagging injuries, Mookie Betts opted out of the All-Star Game to help him to be stronger for the second half.
Buehler dominated the Diamondbacks for seven innings. Coming off a poor start against the Miami Marlins, Buehler fooled the Diamondbacks with his four-seam fastball, slider, and curveball. He gave the Dodger bullpen a much-needed rest. Both Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed pitched a scoreless inning each.
The Dodgers hit eight home runs, tying a franchise record, and they became the first Major-League team in history to have two games in a season where they hit two grand slams. Turner blasted his first career grand slam, and Betts hit his fifth. Both AJ Pollock and Albert Pujols hit two home runs apiece. The slumping Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry also homered.