Dodgers rookie starter Emmet Sheehan wasn’t as unhittable as he was in his debut a week ago but he was still electric in earning the first win of his big league career. The right-hander held the Houston Astros to just 2 runs over 6 innings and the Dodgers added runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings to power themselves over the bad guys.
Let’s get into the highlights of this one.
The offense got going early thanks to Mookie Betts who connected on his 7th lead off home run of the season. It was the 43rd lead off bomb of his career.
Mookie Betts crushes his 18th home run of the year to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead over the Astros.
It’s Mookie’s 43rd career leadoff homer, and his 7th this season (most in MLB).
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The Dodgers loaded the bases in the 2nd inning and Mookie drove home James Outman for his 2nd RBI of the game. James Outman picked up his first 3 hit game since April 22nd.
The Astros tied it up in the 4th inning with back to back home runs, the first runs surrendered of Emmet Sheehan’s career.
Michael Busch Double pic.twitter.com/1MmCdXUkYL— Mad Choriyama (@MadChoriyama) June 24, 2023
3-2 Dodgers lead and that’s where the game ended. The rookie Sheehan struck out 4 in his 6 strong innings and handed the ball off to Michael Grove who covered 2 clean innings. Brusdar Graterol closed the door in the 9th to earn his 4th save of the season.
The Dodgers have won 3 in a row and picked up W number 42 on the season. The defense was great on Friday night turning 2 key double plays.
The Dodgers and Astros continue the series with another match up of rookies as Bobby Miller looks to rebound from the first rough outing of his career last weekend. A fella by the name of Ronel Blanco starts for Houston.