Max Muncy hit a first-inning solo homer into McCovey Cove, providing all the offense in a game that turned into a pitcher’s duel between Walker Buehler and Madison Bumgarner that the Dodgers went on to win 1-0.
Muncy’s first inning homer proved to be the only offense the Dodgers needed as he crushed a high fastball and deposited it into the ocean behind right field. The ball traveled 426 feet.
In his usual style, Muncy dropped the bat, took a step or two, and began his trot. But for some strange reason, Bumgarner took exception to Muncy’s home run trot and began yelling at him to stop watching the ball.
Muncy responded by saying, “if you don’t want to watch me watch the ball, you can go in the ocean and get it.”
Once this debate was over, both teams settled down and the starting pitchers began to duel. Buehler out-pitched Bumgarner, with a final line of 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K as opposed to Bumgarner’s 7 IP, 4 H 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Buehler was fantastic in his 7 innings. His pitches seemed like they were working from the start and they continued to get better throughout the day.
Buehler’s shutout was in danger in the 6th inning, but a fantastic play by Justin Turner saved the day with a fantastic play. Pablo Sandoval hit a ground ball to Turner, who made the tough pick and threw home to get the runner into a rundown.
“The way Walker was throwing the ball, I decided if I got a ball hit at me I would probably go home and not concede the run,” said Turner. “I didn’t know he’d hit it that hard, but I threw my glove out there and it found it. I wanted to give him a chance to keep going with a zero on the board.”
The Dodgers are headed to Anaheim for a two-game series with the Angels. Hyun-Jin Ryu will take his stellar season to Angel Stadium in game one against Griffin Canning. Ryu is 9-1 on the year with a 1.35 ERA and Canning is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA. The game will begin at 7:07 pm.