Walker Buehler threw six no-hit innings, followed by three no-hit innings from the Dodger bullpen, as the Dodgers no-hit the Padres in Mexico, winning the game by a final score of 4-0. It was the first combined no-hitter in Dodger history and the 23rd no-no for the franchise.
When the Dodgers recalled Buehler from Triple-A for the third time this season, they had no idea just how much he would contribute. The 23-year-old once again showed why he belongs in the Major Leagues. He pitched six innings, allowed no hits, three walks, and struck out eight Padres. He threw 93 pitches, 59 for strikes.
After the sixth inning, Dave Roberts decided to give the ball to the bullpen. It was a risky move, but it paid off. Tony Cingrani pitched the seventh, Yimi García pitched the eighth, and Adam Liberatore pitched the ninth. Liberatore finished the game in style, striking out Franchy Cordero in a 2-2 count.
The Dodgers gave Buehler and the bullpen the support they need early. Matt Kemp started the scoring in the first inning with a bloop single that landed about ten feet behind the infield. It wasn’t a pretty RBI single, but it counted. Chris Taylor scored and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Dodgers then scored two more runs on back-to-back home runs by Taylor and Kiké Hernández. Hernández was starting at first base against the left-handed pitching Joe Lucchesi, giving Cody Bellinger the night off. It paid off early.
Keys To The Game:
Buehler Belongs In The Bigs:
The Dodgers have been calling Walker Buehler up to the big leagues, having him pitch one game, then sending him back down to Triple-A. It’s annoying and not a wise move. Buehler belongs in the Major Leagues. He’s got the stuff for it, both mentally and physically. If you don’t believe me, watch this video.
Pitcher’s Best Friend:
Buehler got himself into some trouble in the third inning, walking back-to-back batters with one out. It looked like the Padres were on to something. Eric Hosmer was batting, but instead of getting a hit, he hit into this beautiful double play:
Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers against Bryan Mitchell. Maeda has a 2-2 record with a 3.76 ERA in 6 games this year. Michell is 0-3 with a 6.07 ERA in six games. Cody Bellinger will most likely return to the lineup against the righty. The game will start at 4:10 pm PT in Monterrey, Mexico. It will be televised on SportsNet LA and FS1.