Betts’ Three Homers Led the Dodgers to a Victory

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Throughout the 2020 season, which is one-third done for the Los Angeles Dodgers, many people who follow the team have worried about their offense. On a beautiful Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers exploded to defeat the San Diego Padres 11-to-2.

Unlike in his previous starts during the 2020 season, Julio Urias attacked the strike zone through his 6.1 innings. Although he allowed two solo home runs to Tommy Pham and Eric Hosmer during the first inning, Urias had a brilliant outing. The 24-year-old left-hander changed speeds and threw the balls to the strike zone, which baffled the Padres.

Thursday’s game marked Corey Seager’s return. Although Seager was the DH because his stiff back yet was ready to play defensively, he made his presence felt immediately in the lineup. In the first inning, he blasted his fourth home run, a two-run shot, in the 2020 season.

Mookie Betts’ three home runs Thursday led the offensive production. Betts had six times that he hit three home runs in a game tied with Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa for the Major-League record for the most times, and Betts is only 27 years old.

AJ Pollock homered. Chris Taylor, an unsung hero for the team, had four hits. Although Austin Barnes had slumped for the 2020 season, drawing ire from many sportswriters, tonight Barnes had his first home run. These narrow-minded sportswriters do not understand the importance of defense to a playoff-caliber team. Historically, catching position is a defensive position. Barnes is a good receiver, making a good low target and his ability to work with pitchers. While having a weak throwing arm, Barnes has quick reflexes enabling him to pounce on bunts and wild pitches.

Again, the Dodger bullpen, Dennis Santana, Jake McGee, and Dylan Floro, pitched brilliantly.

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