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Dodgers Highlights: Bobby Miller Proves He Belongs, Bullpen Falls Apart as LA Drops Series to Yankees

The Dodgers lost the series finale to the Yankees on Sunday night, 4-1, dropping the series two games to one. The bats went silent while the bullpen fell apart late, in a game the Dodgers likely could and should have won.


It was a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night. Rookie Bobby Miller got the ball for LA, going against RHP Domingo German of the Yankees. They came to play.

Miller didn’t allow his first hit of the game until there were two outs in the fifth inning, while German allowed just two hits through six.

Both offenses were shut down until the seventh inning, when Miller finally came out of the ballgame. Miller finished six dominant innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out seven. It was the biggest test of his young career under the bright lights of Sunday Night Baseball, and he absolutely proved he belongs at the big league level.

The Dodgers went to the bullpen in the seventh, and Brusdar Graterol didn’t look very good. He allowed two hits and tried to overplay a bunt, leading to a Yankees run and a 1-0 lead.

German came back out for the seventh, and looked like he was about to take down the Dodgers in order. However, with two outs in the inning, longtime Yankee killer J.D. Martinez was at it again, hitting his 14th home run of the year and tying the game right back at one apiece.

In the top of the eighth inning, the scoring barrage continued. A walk and a double led to an RBI groundout — the Yankees’ second of the game — and just like that they retook the lead, 2-1, against Evan Phillips.

Then, after a quiet bottom half of the inning, Caleb Ferguson came in to pitch the ninth, and gave up a two-run home run to number 9 hitter Anthony Volpe. That ended up being all the Yankees needed.

Up Next

The Dodgers are off on Monday before heading to Cincinnati for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. It astounds me at how this organization fails the fans who pay their ridiculous salaries year after year. Andrew Friedman sits on his rear all offseason, and signs one decent player ( J.D. Martinez ) , then sits there and tells fans everything is going to be great. And if you think this 2023 team is going to win anything the way it is currently constructed, you are completely delusional. This is not some small market team who can not pay to have top level players. There is no excuse to lose to an overrated Padres team in the playoffs, when they dominated them all year long. I long for the days when the Dodgers had great players like Sandy Koufax, who had something none of these current players have, and that is mental toughness. To witness the blank stares, and don’t give a crap looks on their faces year after year has really gotten old with me. You can only blame so much on Dave Roberts. I am 61 now, and I hope I live long enough to see another title at some point, but I don’t have much hope at this point. This is one time I would be happy to be wrong.

  2. Keep Miller in the rotation. Send Syndegaard to AAA, re-sign Bauer, give him Syndegaard’s starting spot in the rotation.

  3. WHEN are we geting rid of this loser of a manger!!! WHEN!!! You take a Miller out throwing a one hitter????? WHEN will he GO!!!

  4. Thinking long-term, do the Dodgers really need to trade for a starting pitcher? Trea Turner and Max Scherzer are not likely to be available this time, and do you really want to give up potentially good young players equal in value to Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray, again, for a short-term gain?

    Kershaw, Gonsolin, Miller are fine. Later, Julio, then Dustin May, will come back. Eventually Buehler returns, but likely not until 2024.

    All 6 worthy of the rotation long term (if Kershaw wishes to continue).

    Grove, Syndergaard, Pepiot, can fill in as needed until Julio. returns, then May returns. Maybe Gavin Stone to make another couple of spot starts, sure losses, though. Andre Jackson as another emergency starter.

    Long term, things look good. Longer term, maybe one of the starters in Tulsa becomes rotation worthy, one day. They only need to make the playoffs and to be healthy in October, 2023. They won’t and don’t need to win 100 games. The problem is, what if one of the good starters gets injured? So, if another Scherzer becomes available [not likely], maybe they will make a trade.

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