The Dodgers had nine extra-base hits last night from seven different players. The three players stuck in Singles Land might surprise you.
If I had told you the Dodgers would have a game in which seven of their 10 batters had an extra-base hit, how long do you think it would have taken you to guess that Mookie, Freddie, and Lux would be the three without one? That's what we got last night.
— Jeff J. Snider (@snidog) August 10, 2022
So the offense is the most likely story coming into tonight’s series finale with the Twins, coming off a 15-hit, 10-run barrage with one of Minnesota’s best starters on the mound last night. But tonight, the Twins send their best starter, Sonny Gray, out there against Los Angeles rookie Ryan Pepiot. Will that be enough to even things up?
Many current Dodgers have faced Gray before, with Trea Turner (1.125 OPS in 18 plate appearances) and Joey Gallo (1.235, 12 PA) having the most success. Gray’s 3.19 season ERA is easily the best on the Minnesota starting staff, and he has actually pitched better than that for most of the year. A two-start stretch in mid-July saw him allow 11 runs (all earned) in 8.1 innings; outside of those two starts, Gray has a 2.17 ERA this season.
Unsurprisingly, no current Twins have faced the rookie Pepiot. Pepiot’s last start in the big leagues came on July 5, when he allowed one run in five innings to earn his first career win. He’s been with the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Triple-A since then, and he’s coming off back-to-back seven-inning starts in which he’s allowed a combined total of three runs. This could be a big game for Pepiot, as he’s likely to remain with the team and stay in the rotation while Clayton Kershaw is on the injured list. Command has been his biggest issue in the majors this year, so it will be key to see if he can establish his fastball and command the slider and splitter off that.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 10, 2022
The Dodgers have won all three games with the Twins this year, outscoring them 24-5 in the process. They go into tonight’s game seeking their third straight series sweep, their 15th sweep overall this season, and their first 10-game winning streak of the year.
No real surprises coming from the lineup tonight for the Dodgers. There is no Joey Gallo in there tonight though, going 3-for-14 in his first handful of games with his new team. Chris Taylor gets the start in left for them tonight against Gray.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 10, 2022
Today’s game will mark the 110th game of the season for LA. They are currently 76-33, on pace for 113 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PT, and fans are recommended to arrive early to be one of the first 40,000 fans and receive a Freddie Freeman bobblehead.
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