The Dodgers won their second straight against the team with the third best winning percentage in MLB. They have now won 8 out of their last 10, 9 out of 13 for July, and 16 out of their last 26. They are playing good baseball.
LAD was facing Tyler Wells, a Baltimore RHSP who had not allowed more than 2 earned runs for 8 consecutive games. That streak went out the window after the third hitter in the 2nd inning. With 2 on and no outs, Jason Heyward hit a HR over the CF wall for a 3-run HR. It was just the beginning of a 10 run 13 hit attack.
Just like Monday’s game, the leaders of the offense were Freddie and Will Smith. Mookie owned NYM in that 3 game series, while Freddie and Will struggled a bit. Smith was 1-11 and Freddie was 1-10 with 4 walks. Mookie was 7-13 with 2 BB.
With Baltimore, Mookie is 1-9 with a BB, while Freddie is 6-9 with a BB and HBP. He has 2 doubles and a triple. Will is also 6-9 with a BB and double. That is 12 hits, 2 BB, 4 XBH for the #2 and #3 hitters in the lineup.
That was important because the 7-9 hitters were 4-11 with 5 walks combined. They scored 4 of the 10 runs. James Outman reached base 4 times on 2 hits and 2 BB. For the series, Outman is 3-7 with 2 walks. Just like with Lux last year, hitting 9th just might agree with Outman. Since the All Star Break, James is 5-13 with 6 BB against only 4 K.
Miggy Rojas and James Outman actually pulled off a double steal that Baltimore catcher Adley Rutschman threw into LF allowing Rojas to score and Outman to move to 3rd.
It wasn’t just the offense that was excellent, but so was the pitching. Michael Grove had a 6 pitch first inning but also a 29 pitch 2nd inning. He walked lead off hitter Ryan O’Hearn on 13 pitches. With one out, O’Hearn scored on an Aaron Hicks double. Grove struck out Colton Cowser and retired Adam Frazier on a 3-U ground ball. Over the next three innings, Grove shut out the O’s offense on three singles, a DP, and 3 Ks thanks to a recently discovered cutter he dominates LH batters with.
After a lead off double and BB in the 6th, Grove was sent to the showers. Yency Almonte came in with runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out. He got three outs without the runners moving up much less scoring.
Phil Bickford retired the side in order in the 7th. With the score 10-1, Bickford came back out for the 8th. He walked the leadoff hitter on 4 pitches…or did he? Two of the four pitches were clearly strikes.. Bickford retired the next batter on a pop out. Doc came out and relieved Bickford with seldom used rookie RHRP Nick Robertson. It was clear by reading his lips, that Bickford did not agree with the decision.
Robertson quickly allowed a double and single before striking out Austin Hays. But Aaron Hicks got his second run scoring hit. Robertson got the third out, and retired the side in the 9th allowing only a single before striking out Adley Rutschman to end the game.
I acknowledge that pitcher’s wins are not as important as it used to be, but don’t tell the pitchers that. Grove got his 2nd consecutive win. This was his 6th consecutive game where his ERA has gone down. It still is not pretty, but Grove’s confidence has to be growing.
Because of the offense, the high leverage relievers were not needed in this game. Outside of Almonte, Bickford, and Robertson, the Dodgers should have 5 relievers ready to go if needed in Wednesday’s game.
Julio Urías will match up against Baltimore’s Dean Kremer in Wednesday’s finale. The Dodgers will have their brooms out for a sweep for the 2nd road series since the break. While NYM spoiled the sweep last Sunday, hopefully, the Dodgers can finish off the O’s for the sweep.
As many of you will remember, Kremer was one of 5 LAD players traded to Baltimore for Manny Machado in 2018. Kremer is the only player remaining with Baltimore.
Before Tuesday’s game, since June 1, Mookie has been putting up numbers that are reminiscent of his 2018 MVP season. Since 6/1, in 165 PA, Mookie is hitting .338/.430/.713/1.144, 9 doubles, 14 HR, 32 RBI, 22 BB against 23K.
For July, it is even more impressive. In 52 PA, Mookie is batting .405/.500/.881/1.381, 5 doubles, 5 HRs, 10 RBI, 9 BB vs only 4 K. That is domination.
Tuesday’s win was an important win as all NL West teams won on this night.
Bring out the brooms for the Wednesday AM game.
07-18-2023 – MiLB Game Summary Report
OKC Dodgers 7 – El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego) 6
Miguel Vargas led off the 9th with a double, moved to 3rd on a ground out, and scored on a Ryan Ward walk off single.
Gavin Stone started and went 6.0 innings. Not as good as last game. 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 BB, 5 K, and 1 HR (solo).
- Michael Busch – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 3 RBI, HR (13)
- Miguel Vargas – 4-5, 1 run, double (1)
- Ryan Ward – 2-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, HR (10)
- Devin Mann – 2-4
- Steven Duggar – 2-4, 2 runs
- Justin Yurchak – 2-4, 1 run, 1 RBI
NW Arkansas (KC) 5 – Tulsa Drillers 2
Tulsa scored their 2 runs on solo HRs by Kody Hoese (6) and Imanol Vargas (13)
Kyle Hurt started and completed 5.0 innings – 2 runs, 3 hits, 2 BB, 6 K
Ben Harris surrendered a 2-run HR in his 1.0 IP
- Brandon Lewis – 2-3, double (7)
Lansing Lugnuts (A’s) 2 – Great Lakes Loons 0
Lansing shutout the Loons on 4 hits. Justin Wrobleski started and completed 6.0 strong innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned). Great Lakes had 4 hits, with Damon Keith’s double the only XBH.
Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego) 9 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8
Lake Elsinore scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 10th with 2 outs for the walk off win against RC.
Key Performers – A 20 year old and 2 19 year olds led the offense:
- Luis Rodriguez (20 – CF) – 3-5, 2 runs, 6 RBI, double (6), HR (2)
- Wilman Diaz (19 – 2B) – 3-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, triple (1)
- Luis Guerra (19 – LF) – 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 doubles (3)
For the month of July, Rodriguez is hitting .389/.433/.537/.970. For the last 4 games Luis is 14-21 with 3 doubles, 1 HR, 13 RBI, no BB against 2 K. Luis is on an excellent run.