Tony Gonsolin‘s major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers maybe is one he’d like to forget, and the game as a whole was one the team should soon forget, as the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 while only getting one win in the three game series.
Pinch-hitting for Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s finale, rookie catcher Will Smith slugged a three-run, pinch-hit walkoff homer to secure both a 6-3 victory and series sweep over division rival Colorado.
In what initially seemed like it would be a tight contest to the finish, the Dodgers piled on seven runs in a lopsided eighth inning, propelling them to an 8-0 victory over the Phillies at Chavez Ravine on Sunday. The win clinched the series sweep for the Dodgers, who now have 41 wins on the year—more than any other team in baseball.
Two days after I published a column about how the starting pitching was responsible for most of the team’s recent success, the offense of the Dodgers erupted for a whopping 18 runs over the final two games of a weekend set to secure both the series and season sweep against a battered Pirates squad.
After hitting a leadoff triple in the top of the fifth inning, Alex Verdugo scored on a Chris Taylor fielder’s choice to put the Dodgers in front early, boosting Los Angeles to a 2-1 victory of the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon.
Fighting off a small early-season slump, outfielder A.J. Pollock provided all the firepower the Dodgers needed on Wednesday afternoon, as Los Angeles cruised to a 3-2 victory over the Reds and swept the three-game series in the process.