Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
For the first time since mid-April, the Los Angeles Dodgers won a series. The Dodgers soundly beat the Seattle Mariners 7-to-1.
Before the game, the Dodgers received bad news again. It seems like the Dodgers have had many injuries, but most of them are minor. However, Tuesday, they learned their reserved third baseman Edwin Rìos, who has a partially torn labrum, will miss the remainder of the season with shoulder surgery. At no time during the 2021 season, Rìos has performed offensively, batting under .100.
Losing Rìos for the season, no matter how disappointing he performed offensively, is quite a blow for the Dodgers’ depth. Rìos was the primary backup for 36-year-old Justin Turner. While the Dodgers have other players who can play third base, namely Chris Taylor, Zach McKinstry (injured), Sheldon Neuse, and Max Muncy. Taylor is better in the middle of the field than at the corners. So far, Neuse has not shown that he is ready for the Majors yet. Muncy has been playing an excellent first base, and the Dodgers do not want to move him.
Julio Urìas again dominated the Mariners for seven innings. He used all his magnificent pitches to allow only one run while striking out six. Since he has developed the slurve last August, he has dominated the opponent. For the last two innings of the game, Jimmy Nelson in relief pitched brilliantly.
For the second consecutive game, Muncy hit a solo home run. Matt Beaty had a two-run double, and he had an RBI single. Gavin Lux continued contributing to the offense with an RBI single, and AJ Pollock, still nursing a strained hamstring, had a pinch-hit RBI single.