Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a beautiful Thursday evening at Petco Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers completed the sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 4-to-0 victory. Since the San Francisco Giants swept the New York Mets, the Dodgers remained 2½ games out of first place in the National League Western Division.
Before the game, the Dodgers activated Mookie Betts and promoted Darien Núñez. They demoted Matt Beaty and Gavin Lux to Oklahoma City. While Beaty has done everything that the Dodgers have asked, his team needed a roster spot for a fresh arm after the Dodger sixteen-inning affair. Soon, the Dodgers will promote Beaty since he is a valuable left-handed pinch hitter.
Although manager Dave Roberts will never say one of his players has disappointed, during the 2021 season, Lux has performed abysmally both offensively and defensively. True, Lux’s season has been marred by two lengthy stints on the IL. He needs regular playing time regularly to improve his skills. Undoubtedly, on September 1st, the Dodgers will promote Lux.
Since President Andrew Friedman acquired Max Scherzer from the sad Washington Nationals, he has been a Godsend for the Dodger starting rotation. The injuries had depleted the Dodger starting rotation. Scherzer has given his new team three quality starters.
Thursday, Scherzer performed for 7 2/3 innings striking out ten and walking one. The Padres, who were a good offensive team, looked completely lost against Scherzer. Shane Greene and Joe Kelly continued to dominance of the Padres.
Austin Barnes blasted a two-run homer. AJ Pollock tripled and scored on Cody Bellinger’s sacrifice fly. Corey Seager doubled in Trea Turner.