The Dodgers’ newest trade acquisition had quite the showing in his first start for the Boys in Blue to kick off August.
In front of his new team’s home crowd for the very first time since becoming a Dodger, Lance Lynn threw seven innings and only let up five hits. Though three of these hits resulted in solo shots against the Oakland Athletics, Lynn finished his quality start in 93 pitches picking up seven punchouts along the way.
Lynn impressed more than just the faithful at Chavez, as his new first baseman Freddie Freeman had much to say about the newest addition to the Dodgers’ rotation.
“Bulldog. Competitor. Wants the ball. Doesn’t want to come out of games. The results tonight were pretty much spot on. I’ve faced him for a long time. I remember facing him when he was with the White Sox earlier in the year, he still has really good stuff. It’s nice to have him on our side.”Via Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
The 36-year old righty was in the midst of a less than stellar season while with the White Sox, but it definitely sounds like his most recent appearance constitutes the fresh start Lynn has wanted after his move from South Side Chicago.
Despite an ERA over 6, the Dodgers’ first return on investment from Lynn looks promising to say the least. LA’s starters in the past few months have either been injured or have failed to get deep into games that’s taxed a bullpen into being less effective than years past.
It was a nice return to form for the Dodgers to begin August after Lynn’s quality outing with Freeman himself collecting four hits and Mookie Betts hitting his first home run since July 15th against the Mets.
Kiké Hernandez made plays on both sides of the ball in what he later described as an emotional return to Dodger Stadium. After a bases-clearing double in the fourth and a nice grab in foul territory during the sixth inning, Hernandez credited new swing mechanics for his improvement since his return to Chavez Ravine.
Things are looking up for Dave Roberts and company and the Boys in Blue hope to continue this good start to August after a rocky July.
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