Rios Enables the Dodgers to Sweep the Astros

Wednesday, July 28, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

After Tuesday’s fireworks, the Los Angeles Dodgers only defeated the Houston Astros 4-to-2 in thirteen innings.

The Dodger bullpen was awesome. Dustin May started but only went 3.1 innings because he had control problems that led the Astros’ second-inning run. The Astros did not score another run until the eleventh inning. Every Dodger reliever was in complete control. Dennis Santana must be considered to be the Dodger hero when he used his slider to baffle and wriggle out of jams against the Astros for 2.1 innings.

This young season the Dodger offense hasn’t been consistent. They cannot hit in runners in scoring position. They begin their potential rallies with two outs. When they hit the ball hard, they hit it at someone. They rarely have homered. Wednesday was not an exemption.

Corey Seager has had a phenomenal start to the abbreviated 2020 season. Although he has a .320 batting average, he should have a higher batting average than that. In a lot of occurrences, Seager has been robbed from hits by the opposition making miraculous defensive plays. Entering Wednesday’s game, Seager had the fifth-highest exit velocity in baseball. In the second, he blasted his first home run of the season.

Mookie Betts has had a slow start of the season. Of course, he is feeling pressure to perform after signing a humongous 12-year contract. In the eleventh, he had a run-producing double. Although the Astros knotted the score in the bottom of an inning, Betts’ long opposite-field double was crucial.

Although Edwin Rios had an outstanding summer camp, he has not had much opportunity after the regular season began. He has excellent power, something that the Dodgers have lacked. Wednesday, Rios had a majestic two-run homer that gave the Dodgers the lead and victory.

Sweeping the Astros was important, not because the Dodgers have a 4-win-2-loss record. It was important for the team’s morale. The Astros cheated the Dodgers out of the 2017 world championship. This was the first time after the scandal was exposed that the Dodgers had faced the Astros. Although Major League Baseball disliked it, the Dodgers needed redemption against the team that cheated them out of their first world championship since 1988, the prestige of winning a championship, legacy, and the lucrative endorsement deals.

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