Slowly but surely it appears as if the Dodgers are changing course. The club won its third game in a row on Friday evening in Monterrey, doing so in very impressive fashion.
Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez provided the bulk of the offensive damage with solo home runs in the second inning, while Matt Kemp and Alex Verdugo both chipped in with RBI singles en route to the 4-0 victory.
The no-hit bid was the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history.
Before Friday night, there had not been an MLB game played in Mexico since 1999. According to ESPN, the Los Angeles shutout was the first no-hitter ever outside the U.S. or Canada and the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history.
Buehler pitched six full innings in his third start of the 2018 campaign, and it appears as if this time the youngster could be in the bigs to stay. The rookie righty struck out a career-high eight batters and walked three before being replaced by Cingrani in the seventh.
“It was awesome. It’s one of those things, to pitch in a place like this, an atmosphere like this, it was awesome,” Buehler said after the game. “My curveball was off, but that’s why I have a slider, too. It was good. I was happy with it. Hard-hit balls were outs, as our defense played unbelievable, obviously. It was a cool night.”
Despite walking two batters himself, Cingrani kept the no-hit bid intact.
Garcia threw a perfect eighth inning while Liberatore went untouched in the ninth to seal the deal..
This was Buehler’s second highest pitch count ever in the majors. His highest was 94 pitches, coming in his previous outing against the Giants last weekend.
The contest was almost reminiscent of the time Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts pulled Ross Stripling from a no-hit bid against San Francisco with one out in the eighth inning early in 2016. Reliever Chris Hatcher allowed a home run to the next batter, but this particular contest had a much happier ending.
With a 15-17 record, the Dodgers still sit in fourth place in the NL West; however, with Friday night’s victory coupled with an Arizona loss, the not-so-hot Diamondbacks now lead Los Angeles by just six games.