Muncy’s Error Stops the Dodgers’ Winning Streak

Sunday, May 22, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

A tenth-inning error by Max Muncy ended the Los Angeles Dodger seven-game winning streak. The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Dodgers 4-to-3 in ten innings.

Although Muncy should have fielded the simple ground ball to second base to end the Dodger victory, the Dodgers should have sealed their eighth consecutive victory in the ninth inning. Overall, the Dodger defense played a clean game. Yency Almonte performed brilliantly for one inning and two outs, but he could not retire the last out of the game. Mostly, Evan Phillips, who was charged with the loss, pitched well.

Yes, so far, Muncy is not having a good season. Coming off a torn UCL, Muncy has lost his power, and his batting average has suffered. He still walks at a great rate, but he has lost his aggressiveness within the strike zone. With the great acquisition of Freddie Freeman, Muncy has been displaced. He sometimes plays third base and then second base, his favorite position. He is not good at either. Unlike some loud-mouth fair-weathered Dodger fans on social media believe, the Dodgers need Muncy. Every baseball player has a sub-par season. Muncy deserves and needs our understanding and support.

Tony Gonsolin had his best outing of the 2022 season. Over his six innings, he allowed only one run while striking out seven and walking one. The Phillies were baffled by Gonsolin’s split-finger and slider. Earlier this season, he had control problems, decreasing his efficiency, and shortening his performances. Since the Dodgers had a bullpen game on Sunday, they needed Gonsolin to go deep into the game, and he gave his team what they needed.

Alex Vesia pitched a fantastic seventh.

For the second consecutive game, Mookie Betts homered. Edwin Ríos homered. In the tenth, after Betts walked, Trea Turner singled in Betts.

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