Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a beautiful evening at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers used late-inning heroics to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-to-4.
For most of the game, it looked as if the Dodgers will lose the game. Walker Buehler pitched seven innings, but he allowed three home runs good for four runs. While he did not pitch as well as he has this season, he battled. He struck out seven.
In the sight of the Dodger anemic offensive production, four runs looked like a steep mountain to climb. For the first six innings, the Dodgers looked like they were headed for another loss. In the fourth inning, Max Muncy blasted the longest home run this year at Dodger Stadium, but the Dodgers appeared to be dead offensively until the seventh.
In the seventh inning, Corey Seager had an important two-run single, and in the eighth, Gavin Lux had the game-winning three-run blast.
Both Garrett Cleavinger and Kenley Jansen pitched flawlessly in relief.
When I decided to be a baseball writer, I pledged not to criticize the umpires since they usually do fantastic jobs. Of course, sometimes they blow a call, but it is understandable when umpires are humans. However, during the 2021 season, the home plate umpires have been awful. Mostly, they have not had a consistent strike zone, making it difficult for both hitters and pitchers. Tuesday, Mookie Betts was called out on a ball that was at least six inches outside of the strike zone, and the same pitch earlier in the at-bat was called a ball. Before this season, I was opposed to the electronic strike zone, but now, with the awful jobs by the home plate umpires, I am in favor of an electronic strike zone and wish it will be adopted at the beginning of the 2022 season.