Walker Buehler tossed another fantastic outing for the Dodgers on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Just as he has done all year long, he gave the team the chance to win even when the offense did not come through early.
But aside from 2 minor blemishes, Buehler was lights out. He held the Braves to 2 runs across 7 innings of work and the Dodgers offense came alive late to seal the win. They also moved within a half-game of the Giants in the NL West.
But there was one moment in the game that Dodgers fans were talking about even after the game was over. Former teammate Joc Pederson took Buehler deep to right, and it was a classic Joc chop swing at a high fastball. Buehler was asked after the game if Joc said something to him after hitting it.
I know I’m going to get a text from him or whatever now. People aren’t supposed to hit that pitch that way. Joc certainly has some skills in doing things like that, that not many people can do. …He didn’t say anything, I think I’m glad that he didn’t.
Joc spent many years with the Dodgers and obviously still has a lot of friends here in Los Angeles. But after that towering drive, Buehler might not return his texts for a few days. He got the last laugh though as his team walked away with the win.
The Dodgers and Braves wrap up their series tonight in Los Angeles. Max Scherzer gets the ball to face off against Max Fried in what should be a very good final game of the series.