May, Pollock Lead the Dodgers to Victory

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Tuesday Dustin May pitched brilliantly for six innings in the Los Angeles Dodger 5-to-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

For the second consecutive games, Mookie Betts could not play because of a swollen middle finger. Although he could play defensively, he can’t grip the bat comfortably.

May’s quality of pitches was just nasty Tuesday. The Padres could not hit May’s pitches. Although he allowed two runs over his six innings, he had bad luck. In his first two starts of the 2020 season, May struggled with his control, but Tuesday, he appeared he could place every pitch exactly where he wanted. He struck out eight Friars.

Justin Turner’s defense has been amazing during the 2020 season. During this past off-season, Turner went to Driveline in Seattle to seek to strengthen his throwing arm. In 2019, Turner, who has been known as an excellent defensive third baseman, was an ordinary third baseman, and this status displeased Turner and the Dodgers. So far this season, Turner’s defense has prevented many runs from scoring.

Offensively, Turner broke the Dodger record for hit by pitch by Zack Wheat in the 1920s. Although Turner has had a great series against the San Francisco Giants, since then, he has slumped.

The Padres’ starter Dinelson Limet kept the Dodgers hitless until the sixth inning. Corey Seager, the DH because of leg problems, singled in Turner and Cody Bellinger. In the seventh, A.J. Pollock, pinch-hitting for Joc Pederson, doubled in Barnes, and later Pollock homered. In the eighth, Chris Taylor singled in Bellinger.

In relief, Pedro Báez, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen pitched well.

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