Thursday, July 30, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020
Thursday in Phoenix, the Los Angeles Dodgers used three home runs and great relief work to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-to-3.
Before Thursday, the Dodgers had lacked power in the abnormal 2020 season, but against a familiar left-handed Robbie Ray, the Dodgers flexed their muscles. A.J. Pollock, who is the Dodger best hitter, hit a two-run homer. His batting average is .471. During March when Pollock could not hit a thing, most Dodger fans wanted to release Pollock because they thought he was a washed-up outfielder. Now, these loud and overly critical Dodger fans should be embarrassed about what they said about Pollock, but they won’t learn baseball needs patience.
From summer camp, Corey Seager has hit almost everything hard. Although Seager had most doubles in the Majors during the 2019 season, many people viewed Seager as a disappointment. He missed the almost entire 2018 season with Tommy John and hip surgeries. While Seager was healthy for most during 2019 but a month where he had a strained hamstring, he was not at full strength.
In 2020, Seager looked like he is better than he was in 2016 when he won the National League Rookie of the Year. On consecutive nights, he homered. Seager’s batting average is .321. He has demonstrated better range at shortstop though Seager was the DH Thursday so that he can rest his legs.
Max Muncy hit his third home run of 2020.
Ross Stripling struggled with his consistency against the Diamondbacks in his 5.1 innings, but he allowed only 3 runs. His new changeup did not act as it did against the San Francisco Giants. He had a marvelous curveball, which let him wiggle out of jams. His fastball was flat and was not easily controlled. Nevertheless, Stripling’s experience enabled to pitch out of jams.
The Dodger bullpen once again was unbelievable. Adam Koralek finished the sixth, stopping the Diamondbacks’ rally. Brusdar Graterol still baffled the opposition with his moving 100-miles-per-hour fastball, and when he hung a slider, the Diamondbacks could not hit it because their bat speed was too fast. Joe Kelly’s wildness baffled the Diamondbacks. Since Kenley Jansen had pitched for two consecutive days, he was unavailable. Pedro Báez, who arrived at summer camp late without public explanation, earned his second career save.
Thursday, July 30, 2020