Pederson Homers Twice But Taylor’s Strong Arm Gives the Dodgers the Victory

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

With an outstanding assist by Chris Taylor to end the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers inched past the upcoming San Diego Padres 7-to-6. The Dodgers ended their longest road trip with seven wins and two losses, enabling them to move into first place in the National League Western Division.

Ross Stripling was amazing until he tired in the sixth inning. Although Stripling was supposed to be a Dodger reliever until left-handed David Price opted out of the 2020 season, so far, he has been the best starter in the Dodger rotation. He has not known as a pitcher with a blazing fastball, but Wednesday, his fastball regularly touched 93-miles-per-hour. He also had a great curveball. Nevertheless, the addition to a new grip on Stripling’s changeup has helped him to be an elite Dodger starter.

Though Joc Pederson homered twice, the Dodgers’ offense had many stars. For the first time since Opening Day when Kiké Hernandez drove in five runs, Hernández collected an RBI in the fifth. Taylor contributed to the final score with a second-inning RBI-single.

Throughout this season, the Dodger bullpen has had a strength. However, after a long road trip, the Dodger bullpen has been overworked, becoming less effective. Wednesday, except for Jake McGee, the Dodger relievers – Caleb Ferguson, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen – did not perform well. Without Taylor’s fantastic throw resulting in a game-ending double play, the Padres would have tied the game.

Unlike in the recent past, the Padres appears to be the team to threaten the Dodgers’ elite position in the National League Western Division. The Padres have a good offense, but neither their defense nor pitching staff is on the Dodgers’ level. If the Dodgers do not perform well, the Padres can win the division.

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