Dodgers Highlights: Bullpen Survives Short Start for Syndergaard, Everyone Contributes in Win
Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the cards were stacked against the Dodgers. They were facing a left-handed starting pitcher — they struggle vs left-handers. That lefty was Eric Lauer — Eric Lauer has dominated the Dodgers over his career. And Noah Syndergaard was the starting pitcher for LA — he entered the game with a 6.32 ERA in 6 starts.
Then the cards were stacked higher after Syndergaard was forced to leave the game after one inning due to a cut on his right index finger.
Somehow, the Dodgers pulled off a 6-2 win in Milwaukee.
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Let’s get into the highlights of this one.
Mookie Betts, who maybe is afraid of some ghosts, got the offense going early with a leadoff home run, the 39th of his career.
The Dodgers also manufactured another run in the inning with a Freddie Freeman single and stolen base. He advanced to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and came home on a Will Smith sacrifice fly.
In the 2nd inning, James Outman stroked a double to right field and scored on Miguel Rojas single. Will Smith hit a solo shot in the top of the third, his 5th of the year. It was his first of three hits on the night.
By this point, Syndergaard gave way to Phil Bickford who started a nice run for Dodgers pitching, holding the Brewers scoreless into the 7th inning. Chris Taylor, who just loves playing left field in Milwaukee, contributed to the first 6 scoreless innings with a couple of dazzling plays including this one…
And this one.
The Dodgers added 2 runs in the 6th with a 2 run bomb off the bat of rookie Miguel Vargas. Yeesh.
The Brewers got their only runs of the game with a pair of solo home runs off Shelby Miller in the 7th inning.
Evan Phillips was forced to record the final out after Brusdar Graterol reached his pitch limit thanks in part to a Miguel Vargas error in the 9th.
7 Dodgers pitchers picked up 8 innings unexpectedly and walked only 2 batters.
The big story besides the bullpen is the injury to Noah Syndergaard who, depending on the severity of his injury, could miss a couple weeks while his finger heals.
The Dodgers go for the series win against the brew crew with the ace on the mound, Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.53 ERA), facing left-hander Wade Miley (3-1, 2.31 ERA). It’s an early one in Los Angeles with first pitch coming at 10:40 AM PT.