The Offense Explodes

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a beautiful Saturday night at Dodger Stadium when the Los Angeles Dodgers had a great tribute to the late Dodger great Tommy Lasorda, the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 9-to-5.

For the third consecutive game, Mookie Betts did not play because of a stiff lower back, but his back is improving. Soon, he will return to the lineup.

While Julio Urìas did not go full six innings for a quality start, he pitched well, considering that he did not have his best stuff, for 5.1 innings. He did not have good control, but he could limit the Nationals to three runs. He only struck out three. A mark of a veteran pitcher is when he does not have his best stuff that he can survive and keep his team in the game.

The Dodgers dominated the Nationals’ pitching. Justin Turner had two doubles. AJ Pollock had a 3-run double, and Chris Taylor hit a 3-run blast.

For the first time as a Dodger, Jimmy Nelson pitched well for 1.1 innings, and Dennis Santana, a young pitcher who replaced Tony Gonsolin on the roster, pitched well for an inning.

Since 2018 when Scott Alexander became a Dodger, he had not pitched well. Tonight, he allowed a 2-run homer to Juan Soto, who is considered one of the best players in the Major Leagues.

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