Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a beautiful Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers used four home runs to beat the Houston Astros 7-to-5.
Before the game, manager Dave Roberts announced both Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin have been shut down during their rehabilitation process since they felt pain. There is no timetable for their return to the Dodger starting rotation.
While Team President Andrew Friedman acquired both Danny Duffy and Max Scherzer at the trading deadline, the Dodgers still need starting pitching. Wednesday, they signed veteran left-handed Cole Hamels who has not dominated baseball since 2018. The four-time All-Star has had injuries, limiting him to pitch only three games during the abbreviated 2020 season. So far this season, Hamels has not thrown a pitch in a Major-League game.
In July, Hamels held a tryout in Texas for Major-League scouts. Either the Dodger scout liked what he saw or out of desperation, the Dodgers gave Hamels to a one-year deal reportedly worth $1 million. Now, Hamels is scheduled to go to Camelback Ranch to build up his arm strength and endurance. The Dodgers hope Hamels will start a Major-League game before the end of August.
Despite having four home runs by Will Smith, AJ Pollock, and two by Mookie Betts, the night belonged to the newest Dodger Max Scherzer. Although he allowed a solo home run to Michael Brantley in the first inning, Scherzer’s competitiveness set the tone for the game. In seven innings, he struck out ten, allowed five hits and two runs, and walked two. While he had a little difficulty working with Smith, Scherzer did not lose his concentration on the game.
Although Joe Kelly allowed a solo home run to Carlos Correa, he dominated the Astros.
Allowing a two-run homer in the ninth inning continued the concern for Kenley Jansen. Possibly, the Dodgers soon will turn to Blake Treinen as their closer.