Dodgers Handle Tigers in Weekend Series, Prepare for Rival Giants

Freddie Freeman hit a clutch double in the bottom of the second and Walker Buehler threw five scoreless innings, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory and a two-games-to-one series win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The series was somewhat reminiscent of last weekend’s road set against the Padres when the Dodgers sandwiched two-impressive offensive performances around a lackluster effort in the middle game. In this Saturday’s game, the team mustered just one run in the first inning on a home run by Justin Turner, otherwise spoiling a memorable night for the new franchise strikeout leader, Clayton Kershaw.

Regardless, Los Angeles took the series against the Tigers, and although a sweep would have been nice, there is a bit of momentum as the club hosts the San Francisco Giants for a quick two-game set beginning Tuesday.

Buehler was decent on Sunday, but nowhere near as effective as he was in his complete-game shutout of the Diamondbacks in Arizona last Monday. This time around, it took Buehler 92 pitches to get through five full innings, as his control was problematic at times. Still, over those five frames, the righty did not allow a run, surrendering six hits and a walk while striking out five.

With the win, Buehler improved to 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 26 punchouts over five starts and 29-2/3 innings.

Every player in the Los Angeles starting lineup had a hit on Sunday, aside from Justin Turner and Trea Turner. Freeman notched two hits and Mookie Betts scored two runs to lead the Dodgers.

While his average fell as low as .171 on April 19, Betts is now hitting .236 on the year. It’s not anywhere near typical Mookie numbers, but his offensive consistency appears like it’s starting to come back.

Meanwhile, JTurner’s batting average fell to a season-low .187, and Max Muncy got the day off on Sunday, sitting with a .136 average.

The Los Angeles bullpen has been raising eyebrows lately, as they’ve been nowhere near as effective as the early games of the season. Phil Bickford gave up his first runs of the year after surrendering a homer to Miguel Cabrera in the eighth inning, and Justin Bruihl allowed another long ball in the ninth to briefly let Detroit claw back into the game.

Craig Kimbrel registered the final two outs of the contest to notch his fourth save of the year.

Although there was initial hope that Blake Treinen could return as soon as the San Francisco series, he hasn’t yet began throwing, and there’s no realistic timeline on his return from shoulder soreness.

Lining up for the Dodgers in Tuesday’s opener is Julio Urias. He will be opposed by San Francisco lefty Carlos Rodon.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

6 thoughts on “Dodgers Handle Tigers in Weekend Series, Prepare for Rival Giants

  1. Pillar has an opt out, but is not on the 40 man, so a corresponding move would need to be made to get him on the roster. They have to go to 26 man rosters soon, so most likely a pitcher or two will go.

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  2. Busch continues to tear up AA. I hope he gets to OKC soon. If he continues to do this at AAA he could be a valuable asset for the big club by September.

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  3. My observation on Buehler is that when he missed on his pitches most were missed by so much he couldn’t get the batters to chase with few exceptions. He needs to be better so he can go deeper in his starts.

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  4. I have not watched the game yet. Looking at the box score Kahnle pitched one inning striking out two with a total of 9 pitches for the inning & 8 were strikes. Wow. If Treinen is down for a while looks like Kahnle is coming back just in time. And Ferguson will be back soon also.
    I get concerned when guys are striking out. If you are missing the ball that is not good.LOL
    It’s amazing that Betts, J T, and Muncey are struggling while Bellinger is getting some contact is now flirting with the Mendoza line again yet the team is winning mostly due to phenomenal pitching.

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  5. They should be sweeping teams like the Tigers. After the 2 game series with the Giants, they have 27 straight games against teams at .500 or below. Time to get some distance between themselves and the other NL teams.

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