Matt Beaty hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning and Corey Seager broke the game open with a 3-run shot in the 5th as the Dodgers salvaged game 3 of the series, winning by a final score of 5-0. After the win and Arizona’s loss on Sunday, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West is 2.
After 2 games where they didn’t look like a playoff team, the Dodgers finally put everything together and played a good game. The offense contributed with 5 runs and they got 8 shutout innings from their pitchers, including 6 from the bullpen.
Although technically he was the starting pitcher, Julio Urías went just 2 innings before giving the ball to the rest of the bullpen. And for once, the bullpen exceeded expectations.
The Dodgers were also able to generate offense, something they couldn’t do on Saturday. It started in the 4th with Beaty’s two-run homer. Beaty crushed a breaking all from Dereck Rodríguez and launched it into the Giants’ bullpen, 430 feet from home plate.
An inning later, Seager broke the game open with a 3-run shot.
The Dodgers are headed to Baltimore where their one job is to destroy the Orioles. Game one of the series will begin at 4:05 on Tuesday night. It will feature a matchup between Walker Buehler and Ty Blach. Buehler is 12-3 with a 3.28 ERA and has never faced the Orioles. Blach is 1-2 with a 10.95 ERA and has a 2.84 lifetime ERA against the Dodgers.