Betts, Muncy, Smith, and Rios Homer in a Dodger Victory

Friday, August 7, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

At Dodger Stadium, on a beautiful Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants Padres 7-to-2.

On the night when Mookie Betts returned to the lineup after missing the entire series against the San Diego Padres with a swollen finger, the Dodgers lost Corey Seager. Seager left the game in the third inning. While Seager has hit well since the regular season began, he has been nursing sore legs. Friday, he had a stiff lower back, affecting his range.

Julio Urias had command problems through his four innings. He bobbed and weaved through the Giants’ lineup. Using too many pitches, Urias could not last five innings. So far, during this season, he has not had a good command of the fastball. He has used his off-speed pitches to baffle the opponents. If he does not improve his control, he will have difficulty being a successful Major-League left-handed starter.

Like usual, the Dodger bullpen – Dylan Floro, Dennis Santana, Scott Alexander, Joe Kelly, and Jake McGee – did an excellent job. Entering the season, many Dodger fans worried the bullpen would be a weakness, but so far in 2020, the bullpen has been a strength.

Although the Dodgers left eight runners on base, they could still capitalize enough scoring to win. Betts, Max Muncy, Will Smith, and Edwin Rìos homered. During the season, the Dodger offense yet has clicked, but the second-place Dodgers have scored third-most runs while leading the National League in home runs.

The Dodgers lead the National League in ERA and fielding percentage.

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