Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020
Tuesday, Walker Buehler made his 2020 debut in Houston. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 5-to-2.
While Buehler is the best Dodger starting pitcher, he started the fifth Dodger game. During the work stoppage caused by COVID-19, Buehler did not throw much, so his endurance is not built up as much as other Dodger starters. Wanting to give Buehler more time to build his endurance, manager Dave Roberts chose to start Buehler in the fifth game.
Buehler pitched brilliantly for 4.1 innings. Before he ran out of gas in the fifth inning, he baffled the Astros with his superior pitches and change speeds expertly. In the fourth inning, Buehler’s control and velocity disappeared. He allowed two runs, including a solo home run to Carlos Correa.
The Dodger bullpen was brilliant for 5.1 innings. Before Kenley Jansen, who earned his first save of the 2020 season, came in to pitch the ninth inning, the bullpen did not allow a hit. Brusdar Graterol earned his first victory as a Dodger.
Tuesday Joe Kelly endeared himself to Dodger fans forever. Kelly’s wildness was effective, making the Astros uncomfortable in the batter’s box by throwing balls to the hitters. Although Kelly did not hit an Astro, he came close. After the sixth inning, the Dodgers and the Astros exchanged words.
No Dodger or his fan will soon forget what the Astros did to the Dodgers during the 2017 World Series. This past off-season Major League Baseball proved the Astros cheated during the 2017 World Series, where the Astros defeated the Dodgers in seven games. In all Dodger fans’ hearts, the 2017 Dodgers were world champions, and Major League Baseball did not punish the Astros organization, including its players, severely enough. During this season, most Dodger fans wanted to sit in the stands to boo the cheating Astros, but because of the pandemic, they cannot attend any games. After the 2017 World Series, I cried for the first time in my forty years of a Dodger fan because of a baseball result. Instead of booing the Astros, I want my Dodgers to wallop the Astros every time they face the Astros.
The Dodgers still had offensive problems, leaving eleven runners on base. However, AJ Pollock had three hits. In the fifth inning, the Dodgers linked five singles and took advantage of the Astros’ wildness. Both Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger drove in runs. Betts had his first extra-base hit as a Dodger.