Justin Turner’s Three-Run Blast Gives the Dodgers a Good Win

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a picturesque Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers completed the sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-to-3 victory. The Dodgers survived playing in four games within forty-eight hours with their pitching staff intact. After an off day, the Dodgers start seventeen games in seventeen days.

Thanks to Tyler Anderson’s strong seven-inning performance, when Walker Buehler could only go five innings, it did not destroy the Dodger bullpen. Despite being recognized as the Dodger starting ace, Buehler has struggled this year, except against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Unlike when Buehler became a full-time Major Leaguer in 2018, he has been relying on his off-speed pitches to retire the opposing hitters. When he uses his fastball, which has lost a few miles-per-hour in velocity, the opposing hitters have blasted that pitch over .400. Wednesday, Buehler allowed two runs over his five innings, including when he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Although Buehler allowed two runs and received the win, he did not preserve the Dodger bullpen.

Justin Bruihl, David Price, and Daniel Hudson pitched with excellence. After a brilliant first month of the regular 2022 season, over the last two weeks, Brusdar Graterol has performed badly. While he throws hard, his pitches do not have much movement; therefore, the opposing batters can time his pitches. Wednesday, Graterol allowed a run in the seventh.

In the first, Mookie Betts doubled and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single. Many Dodger fans were worried about Justin Turner’s offensive production in April, but on this homestand, Turner blasted three home runs, including Wednesday’s three-run blast. Cody Bellinger had two hits.

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