The Dodgers came into Arizona very much ready to swing the bats. Trea Turner started things off with a double down the line to score Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, and they never looked back after that. They got some insurance runs in the 5ht off of a Max Muncy double and an 8th-inning homerun from Will Smith.
But the bullpen also got the night off for the Dodgers. That was thanks to an outstanding effort from Walker Buehler, who put up one of the best performances of his entire career on Monday night. Buehler tossed 9 shutout innings en route to the win.
After 8 innings, the assumption was that Buehler would be handing things off to the bullpen. He was closing in on 100 pitches and Alex Vesia had been warming up in the bullpen. But when the Dodgers offense finished up the top of the 9th, Buehler once again grabbed his glove and trotted out of the dugout.
At the end of it all, Buehler finished with 108 pitches and 10 strikeouts against the Diamondbacks. He limited their offense to just 3 hits and did not allow a single walk in the process. The fastball velocity also ticked up, something that everyone was watching after a rocky start to the season.
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