The Dodgers drew first blood with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers last night in Game One of their Wild Card Series.
Buehler Looks Sharp, Blisters Strike Again
Until surrendering a two-run home to shortstop Orlando Arcia, Walker Buehler had his best stuff and was efficient in moving through the Brewers order. Blisters reared their ugly head again in the fourth and Buehler had to leave the game. This could hurt the Dodgers moving forward if Buehler cannot provide more innings and they have to look for other options.
He allowed three hits, walked two, and tied a postseason career-high with eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches and lasted only four innings.
Clayton Kershaw goes today for the Dodgers and will have to show that he can dominate. It’s a lot to place on his shoulders. The Dodgers do have other arms in their starting rotation but is that enough? Only time will tell.
Belli Vs Yeli
The short format of this series is disappointing for baseball fans who want to see these two greats face off. Both players had what some consider disappointing seasons by last year’s standards.
Yelich hit 12 homers while slashing .205/.356/.430. The .786 OPS is a 314-point drop from the year before where he had a 1.100 OPS. True the season was only 60 games but for players who got off to a slow start like Yelich, it seemed like they could never recover.
Bellinger had a .239/.333/.455 for the Dodgers, with 12 home runs himself. His .789 OPS represented a 246-point plummet from the year before, down from 1.035.
Bellinger struggled in the 2019 postseason in the Dodgers loss to Washington Nationals and spent time tweaking his batting stance over the offseason and through the spring when the season was put on hold due to COVID-19.
Dodgers Corey Seager Hits Home Run In the 7th
The Brewers were only down by one in the seventh when Yelich doubled in the left-field corner. Yelich had two hits to lead the Brewers in the game. They did not capitalize though as Tyrone Taylor popped up to third to end Milwaukee’s chance.
Corey Seager then went deep to dead-center and the solo home run put the Dodgers ahead 4-2. Despite some tense moments in the 9th for the Dodgers, they managed to hang on and close out the game.
Game Two is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. The Dodgers would advance to the National League Division Series in Arlington, Texas with a win.
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