An Ugly Game for the Dodgers

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

On a beautiful Wednesday night at T-Mobile Park, the Seattle Mariners snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-to-4.

For the first time during the 2020 season, manager Dave Roberts, hitting coach Rob Van Scoyoc, and Max Muncy were ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Throughout the game, the home-plate umpire was calling low pitches for strikes. Although left-handed hitters like low pitches, these strikes were too low to hit for anyone.

The Dodgers had three solo home runs by Joc Pederson, Muncy, and Cody Bellinger. Justin Turner drove in the fourth run with a single. Although the Dodgers threatened in the ninth, Corey Seager struck out to end the game.

Earlier in the day, the Dodgers optioned Tony Gonsolin, who pitched magnificently Tuesday, to their alternative site at USC and promoted Victor González. Amidst their seventeen consecutive games, the Dodger bullpen is weary.

Wednesday Julio Urias did not have it since he could not locate the strike zone. Urias lasted only 1.2 innings before he reached his pitch limit. Roberts wisely pulled early Urias with his history of shoulder problems. Dennis Santana, whose performance was undermined by an unusual poor defense, did not pitch well. Although Dylan Floro, Pedro Báez, and González pitched well, the damage was done.

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