The Dodgers showed a bit of their 2017 selves on Sunday afternoon when they overcame a 7-5 deficit with three runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Diamondbacks 8-7. A.J. Pollock hit a double that scored two runs to tie the game, then Max Muncy gave the Dodgers the lead with a sacrifice fly.
The comeback got starting pitcher, Walker Buehler off the hook after he surrendered 5 earned runs in 3+ innings of work. All the runs came in the 4th, an inning in which he did not record any outs and the Diamondbacks scored all 7 of their runs.
Buehler was cruising through the first three innings before he lost control in the fourth. He gave up a couple bloopers that landed for hits, which seemed to shake his confidence. After that, he lost his release point and a feel for the strike zone.
The D-backs rally was a shocking change in momentum from the beginning of the game. The Dodgers got out to an early lead after a 3-run first inning and a Cody Bellinger homer.
The Dodgers got on the board in the first when Kiké Hernández hit a sacrifice fly that brought in the game’s first run. One batter later, Alex Verdugo got a pitch he could hit and he whacked it for a two-run double.
Bellinger added to the excitement level in the 3rd inning with his fourth home run of the year. He got a fastball in his wheelhouse and crushed it. Bellinger is tied with reigning NL MVP, Christian Yellich, for the most home runs this year.
The Dodgers will face another struggling team before the schedule gets much harder as the San Francisco Giants come to town for the rivalry series. Drew Pomeranz will start for the Giants against Julio Urías. Urías is trying to build on a fantastic Spring Training that he capped with 4 perfect innings last Tuesday. The game will start at 7:10 pm.