Momentum is powerful in baseball. And momentum in one inning is even stronger. On Friday night, the Dodgers proved it by rallying behind a 5-run 2nd inning and a 4-run 8th to beat the Giants 9-2.
The ariel attack on Giants’ starter, Johnny Cueto, started with a Cody Bellinger homer, his 47th of the year. After that, Corey Seager went back-to-back with Bellinger. Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer and Gavin Lux hit an RBI triple.
This, followed by a 4-run rally in the 8th inning, was more than enough run support for Walker Buehler, who didn’t have a great start.
Buehler lasted 5 innings, made 104 pitches, struck out 8 batters, but walked 4.
“It’s not a panic thing,” said Buehler. “This is what I do. I tinker. When I give myself something new to think about, it simplifies things for me.”
“The past two starts I wasn’t super happy about and I’m going to look at some stuff and figure out a plan to find a different feel,” he said. “I’m a one-feel guy, try to find a feel for every delivery and if that one feel is not working, I’ll try a different one.”
Although his line looks bad, Dave Roberts is not concerned, saying that Buehler told him something clicked in the 5th inning.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his final start and his final chance for the Cy Young award against the Giants and Logan Webb. Ryu is 13-5 with a 2.41 ERA and Webb is 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA in 7 starts this year. The game will begin at 1:05 pm.