Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers swatted the Angels 8-to-2. The Dodgers remain four games behind the San Francisco Giants.
Justin Turner had to leave the game after making a spectacular defensive play since he had a sore groin, and he will be reevaluated Tuesday when the Dodgers play the Philadelphia Phillies. Moreover, on Sunday, Mookie Betts, still nursing his hip, did not play.
In the recent past, without Justin Turner and Betts playing, the Dodgers would struggle offensively. The speed of Trea Turner enabled the Dodgers to score two runs in the first inning. Coming off the bench, Albert Pujols blasted a three-run homer against his old team. Cody Bellinger extended his hitting streak to five games with a two-run homer.
While Walker Buehler is a candidate for the National League Cy Young Award and had the lowest ERA, he toiled through his six innings. He did not have his usual good command. He struck out eight while walking four. Although Buehler did not perform his best on Sunday, he lowered his ERA to 2.13.
Like usual, Phil Bickford pitched a scoreless seventh. For the first time in the last three seasons, Kevin Quackenbush appeared in a Major-League game but allowed a run. Making his Major-League debut, Justin Bruihl impressed in his 1.2 innings when he struck out two and walked one.