Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Walker Buehler took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers pommeled the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-to-3.
Before the game, both Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger participated in a simulated game at Camelback Ranch, and Muncy blasted a home run. The Dodgers hope they can return to the active roster at the end of the San Diego Padres’ series. Also, before the game, Corey Seager took batting practice on the field, and he should begin a rehabilitation assignment on either Monday or Tuesday.
Saturday, Fernando Tatis, Jr., of the San Diego Padres exited the game early, appearing to re-injure his shoulder. If he cannot play in the series against the Dodgers, the Padres shall be easier to beat.
Saturday, Buehler was magnificent through 7.1 innings even though he was charged with two runs. His control was not as good as usual when he walked two and hit and broke Arizona catcher’s wrist. His rising fastball and breaking pitches baffled the poor Diamondbacks allowing him to have eleven strikeouts. Since Mitch White, who relieved Buehler, could not stop the Diamondbacks’ eighth-inning rally before they scored three runs. Garrett Cleavinger pitched a good ninth.
In the first, Will Smith, who missed hitting for the cycle with the typical darn triple, blasted a two-run homer. In the second, Gavin Lux had a run-producing single, and in the sixth, Justin Turner had a bases-clearing double. After Mookie Betts had a sacrifice fly in the seventh, Chris Taylor’s tenth home run added two more runs in the eighth.