The start of Saturday’s game was looking all too familiar. Sonny Gray had retired the first 11 Dodgers he faced before surrounding a hit to Trea Turner. Still, it took a little longer before any action would really take place in the game. it wasn’t until the 5th inning, thanks in part to two errors, that the Dodgers were able to scrape together 3 runs off of Gray.
With Max Scherzer on the mound opposite of him, that would have been all the Dodgers needed to seal the win but you can never score too many runs. With two runners on in the 6th inning, Chris Taylor stepped up to the plate and laid down a squeeze bunt to bring in the speedy Turner. It extended the Dodgers’ lead to 4 and took even more pressure off of Max and the pitching staff.
The other one was a safety squeeze to just add an insurance run. I know that Chris Taylor handles the bat. I liked the runner at third base in Trea, so he executed it and just allowed us to tack on.
Austin Barnes also provided the Dodgers with a run prior on a swing bunt that almost acted as another squeeze. Either way, those two plays were acts you don’t see from the team. We’re used to seeing them drive balls over the fence or into the gaps to score their runs and not play small ball at all.
However, despite what this team is capable of with the bats when they do decide to hit, they should incorporate more small ball into their offensive game plan. We’ve seen all too often that the offense can go cold as quick as they can put up runs. We saw that on Friday as the lineup could only produce 6 hits and one measly run that came in the 9th inning of an eventual 3-1 loss to the Reds. It’s so much flashier to pimp a home run or leg out an extra-base hit, but against the best of the best come October, you have to find any way to score runs.
Bring back small ball to LA!