Dodgers Score: Cody Bellinger Wins His Return Home to LA, Jackson Implodes
The day of too much Cody Bellinger continues with at least one more piece of content involving the former Dodgers outfielder. His much anticipated return to LA as a Cub ended with a mental victory in the form of a 8-2 Cubs win over the Dodgers. Things for Belli got off to a weird start.
There were a couple of nice Dodger highlights including in the third inning when Chris Taylor got a much-needed home run. Here’s veteran broadcaster Clayton Kershaw on the call.
That tied the game at 1-1 before Bellinger scored to put the Cubs back ahead in the fourth. Chicago plated another in the fifth on a Yan Gomes homer off Noah Syndergaard.
In the seventh, Max Muncy — who’s Super Saiyan at the moment — hit his fifth home run in his last three starts. His sixth homer of the season now ties him for the major league lead with three other players. It was also career home run number 150, much to the excitement of Walker Buehler.
Noah Syndergaard was solid but not great in his third start of the season. The right-hander went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and a home run. He did strike out 9 Cubs.
Brusdar Graterol got the seventh inning and dominated Chicago on 8 pitches.
Then things unraveled once again for the bullpen with Andre Jackson allowing 4 solo home runs and 5 runs total over 2 innings putting the game firmly out of reach for LA. He’s allowed multiple runs in two of his last three appearances, raising his season ERA to 8.64.
The Dodgers fall to 7-7 on the season, one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West.
The series with the Cubs continues with rookie right-hander Michael Grove facing Jameson Tailon at Dodger Stadium First pitch is an hour earlier at 6:10 PM PT.
This club looks like it’s ready to fall apart from game to game. No offense, no bull pen, semi-average starters. The FO’s plan to “stand pat” is looking less and less successful. A cinch to take 3rd place in the west?