Although it was one of the most enduring series of the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers dug deep, finding a way to steal all four games from the Washington Nationals on Independence Day weekend.
Because of Trevor Bauer’s placement on administrative leave by the MLB on Friday, the Dodgers were forced to employ yet another bullpen game in the season finale on Sunday.
Rain and thunderstorms ended up affecting two of the four games. The opener was called in just five innings after waiting more than an hour to see if the weather would clear. However, the Dodgers still used four pitchers of its highly overworked relief crew in the win.
In Saturday’s contest, the rain hit right in the middle of the game, resulting in an unwanted intermission that lasted one hour and 44 minutes. Clayton Kershaw’s night was cut short because of the delay, causing skipper Dave Roberts to use six total pitchers by the time all the dust settled on the victory.
Not to mention the turnaround between Saturday’s game and the finale on Sunday was right around 10 hours, creating a short, restless night for both teams.
Nevertheless, as it looked like the final game would be a bit of a nail biter, Los Angeles brought home two insurance runs in the ninth to alleviate some of the stress, resulting in a 5-1 victory.
The Nationals took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Starlin Castro drove home Josh Harrison with a single to center, but the Dodgers struck back in the top of the fourth when Matt Beaty launched his fourth homer of the year into the centerfield stands.
With his second double of the day, Muncy drove home Lux and Austin Barnes in the ninth.
Lux also had a huge day for the Dodgers, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Dodgers used a whopping eight pitchers in Sunday’s victory, including Kenley Jansen, who was inserted in a non-save situation at the beginning of the ninth inning. Jansen secured the save in Saturday’s 5-3 victory.
Price was credited with the win, his fourth of the season. With the loss, Washington righty Joe Ross fell to 5-8.
The Dodgers finish up their current road trip with a four-game set against the Marlins of Miami beginning Monday.