Pollock and Betts Homer in a Dodger Victory

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers trailed the San Francisco Giants until the seventh inning in their 6-to-2.

So far, Walker Buehler has not been dominated the opponents as he did in 2018 and 2019. His Sunday start might have been his best during the 2020 season, but he did not look like himself in 2019. He has not attacked the strike zone as he did in 2020.

In his 5.2 innings, Buehler struck out six Giants. He walked three. He allowed two runs, but his quality of pitches had been the best during the 2020 season. If Buehler could have finished the sixth inning, it would lessen the workload on the Dodger bullpen.

For six innings, Kevin Gausman completely baffled the Dodgers. If people read the social media comments, they would think the Dodgers were a last-place team and lost Sunday’s game. The Dodgers have averaged 5.5 runs per game, the second-highest runs in the Major Leagues, but the media and Dodger fans constantly criticize the Dodger offense. Cody Bellinger’s slump causes this unfair criticism. Gausman pitched a wonderful game until he tired in the seventh.

Before the season, most Dodger fans wanted the team to release AJ Pollock because of his inability of hitting. Now, Pollock is the Dodger best hitter with .311 batting average. His fourth home run of the 2020 season was a three-run blast that gave the Dodgers the lead in the seventh inning. Mookie Betts’ fourth home run of the year, an eighth-inning three-run blast, increased the lead.

Again, Caleb Ferguson, Jake McGee, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen pitched brilliantly. During the 2020 season, the Dodger bullpen has been the team’s unexpected strength, and this is crucial when the Dodgers want to go deep into the postseason.

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