LOS ANGELES – They were down for most of the game but the Dodgers certainly weren’t knocked out.
The Braves took an early lead against Walker Buehler, but Los Angeles organized a late rally to turn the tables with a 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night. After the Giants lost 6-2 to the Brewers in San Francisco, Los Angeles is now only half a game behind in the National League West race.
The offense was against Braves starter Charlie Morton, who kept the Dodgers on a run – in a home run by Mookie Betts in the fourth – over six innings when he kept them off balance with his curveball. When Atlanta called its bullpen, hits for the Dodgers began to decline, with the main one belonging to Corey Seager: an RBI double in the bottom eighth.
With Betts on first and one out, Seager lined up a double to midfield on a fastball from Reliever Tyler Matzek. The eight-pitch-at-ball started with six consecutive fastballs on the outer half of the plate before Seager saw an off-speed pitch. He fouled an 87.5 mph slider, but Seager was ready for the final fastball in a place that had previously fooled him.
“He Is hard. He throws hard, he hit me a couple of times and I was just trying to stay straight, ”said Seager. “Fortunately, I’m ahead of the game.”
Betts kept his eyes on the base paths and put into high gear as soon as the line drive of Seager’s bat started. Betts sprinted at 27.5 feet / second on the doubles and cleared home plate without a throw when shortstop Dansby Swason mistreated midfielder Joc Pederson’s relay throw.
“That’s Mookie, that’s why he’s here. That’s why we signed him like we did. He’s a special player and does a lot of things really well on the field,” said Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler of Betts, who was from scoring out of first base. Corey [does] the same. We had a great game by two of our great players. “
Buehler was marked for two runs through seven innings, one of which was a long ball from Pederson in the third, which started the scoring of the game. The Braves reinforced their lead when Travis d’Arnaud drove into Austin Riley in the fourth inning. However, perhaps one of the greatest games in the game came in the second.
Bühler missed a fastball in the top of the strike zone against d’Arnaud, whose racket did not miss any of it. When the flyball drifted into the stands in the right corner, Betts diverted his way on the warning lane to reach into the fan-filled front row to steal a possible home run from d’Arnaud. The ball, which traveled 348 feet at an exit speed of 97.5 mph, would have been a homer at 22 other ballpark, according to the Statcast.
“It gets a bit tricky here in these corners,” said Bühler. “But I think we somehow have the expectation [Betts] that if it can be caught, it will be, and he continues to do such things. “
By the time they close the book in August, the Dodgers end the month in the best position they’ve been since July 6th. Los Angeles capitalized on San Francisco’s recent fights to begin a three-game series against the Giants on Friday.
“We’re trying to play good baseball right now,” said Seager. “We’re trying to win series, win games and just do our own business and drop the chips.”
The Dodgers have won 15 of their last 18 games. At the start of this stretch, they were five games with the worst times of the season behind their long-time league rivals.
“It’s a resilient team, but also very methodical in approaching each night to focus on winning a ball game. I really believe our best baseball is yet to come,” said manager Dave Roberts. “I think the pitching carried us.” in the last three weeks, but overall I’ve seen some good things on the offensive that we’re going to make some big numbers here in the future. “