Scherzer, Dodgers Handle Reds in Weekend Middle Game

Continuing his late-season dominance, Max Scherzer threw seven shutout innings to lead the Dodgers past the Reds 5-1 in the second contest of a three-game set in Cincinnati.

After Sunday’s affair, 13 games remain on the Dodgers’ regular-season schedule.

Gavin Lux continued his clutch hitting for the Dodgers, contributing the game’s biggest offensive blow in the fifth inning. After a Justin Turner double to left and an infield single by Chris Taylor, Lux roped a triple to right to clear the bases.

Austin Barnes drove in Lux one batter later on a fielder’s choice grounder to extend the lead to 3-0. Los Angeles tacked on another run in the sixth when Taylor laid down a bunt that plated Trea Turner on a safety squeeze play.

The Dodgers’ final run of the day came when Barnes scored on a Mookie Betts single to left field.

Despite the much-needed offensive spurt, the real story of the day was Scherzer, who seemingly took control of the National League Cy Young race with his latest outing.

Scherzer’s seven innings of work took 96 pitches. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. The effort improved his season record to 15-4 with a MLB-leading 2.08 ERA.

Over his last two games, Scherzer has thrown 15 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out 16. Since being traded to the Dodgers before the summer deadline, he has gone 7-0 in nine starts, registering a 0.780 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 58 innings pitched.

Rookie second baseman Jonathan India and former Dodger Kyle Farmer collected the only two hits for the Reds.

Joe Kelly threw a scoreless eighth inning. Alex Vesia ran into trouble in the ninth when he allowed a walk to Joey Votto and a single to Mike Moustakas. Votto scored after a throwing error by Corey Seager that would have ended the game.

Kenley Jansen struck out Eugenio Suarez to secure the final out of the game while collecting his 34th save of the year.

At the beginning of the day, the Dodgers trailed the Giants by two full games in the NL West division race. San Francisco continues their three-game weekend series against the Braves later Saturday evening.

In Sunday’s series finale, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, who makes his second start since being activated from the injured list. Kershaw will face fellow lefty Wade Miley, who has a 12-5 season record with a 3.05 ERA.

Sunday’s first pitch is set for 10:10 a.m. Pacific time.

Scherzer, Dodgers Blank Padres to Complete Weekend Sweep

Max Scherzer took a perfect game into the eighth inning on Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Diego Padres 8-0, completing a weekend series sweep. Before being pulled from the game, Scherzer threw eight full scoreless innings allowing just the one hit while striking out nine batters.

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Dodgers Should Do Whatever They Can to Bring Back Max Scherzer

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Since acquiring Max Scherzer, the veteran righty has been nothing but stellar. In his most recent start against the St Louis Cardinals, he threw eight innings and struck out a whopping 13 batters.

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Keeping an Eye on National League Cy Young Award Race

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For just about every player on a contending team, the goal of clinching a playoff spot is the highest priority, superseding even the most decorated individual awards. However, the individual honors are important in their own way, as they often dictate the fame a player achieves in their place among the storied greats, plus a heavy bonus on their end-of-year paycheck.

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Who Will Have Bigger Impact on Dodgers: Trea Turner or Max Scherzer?

Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a huge trade, sending their top two prospects in Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray to the Washington Nationals in exchange for starter Max Scherzer and infielder Trea Turner.

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More Thoughts on Dodgers’ Overwhelming Offensive Inconsistencies

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Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss to the Astros was yet another example of how the offense of the Dodgers can go from woke to broke in a hurry, as Los Angeles mustered just five hits and three walks during the entire game. The club advanced a runner past second base just once all evening.

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Dodgers Host Astros in Highly Anticipated Two-Game Series

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Tuesday night will mark the beginning of one of the more anticipated series for the Dodgers and their fans. For the first time since the Astros sign-stealing scandal became public, the Dodgers will host Houston with a full-capacity crowd on hand.

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Dodgers Activate Corey Seager, More Thoughts on 2021 Trade Deadline

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In one of the craziest trade deadlines ever, players began to move left and right in the final hours of the last day. Making one of the biggest splashes again was Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In the biggest blockbuster of the year, the club acquired veteran and multiple Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer along with All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.

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Max Scherzer Approves Trade to Join Dodgers

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Multiple reports on Thursday evening have revealed that starting pitcher Max Scherzer has approved a deal to be traded to Los Angeles, as both the Dodgers and Nationals put the finishing touches on the details.

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Dodgers Reportedly Among Teams Still Involved in Max Scherzer Negotiations

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With less than 48 hours remaining before the 2021 MLB trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly among several teams making a play for starting pitcher Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals.

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