Walker Buehler threw 6.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts. A.J. Pollock delivered all the offense the Dodgers needed, hitting a 3-run bomb in the sixth inning as the Dodgers beat the Reds 3-2 in the final game of a series sweep.
After a rough start to the season due to a slow Spring Training, Buehler found his 2018 form and shut down the Reds for 6.1 innings. Buehler, who found the right arm slot to pitch from again, had everything working for him. His fastball was in the high 90’s with movement and his breaking pitch had some nasty break.
In order for the Dodgers to win, they had to score against Sonny Gray, who has been pitching well this year, despite a bad 2018. Gray matched Buehler’s numbers for a large portion of the game, before running into trouble in the 6th. He ended up going 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits.
As you can see from his stat line, Gray wasn’t just allowing Dodgers to reach base. So it was vital for Pollock to homer when he came up with two men on base. The Reds had decided to intentionally walk Cody Bellinger and take their chances with Pollock. But when Pollock saw a breaking ball that stayed over the plate, he made the Reds pay with a 3-run homer.
The Dodgers will test their new-found hot streak as they take to the road again, traveling to Milwaukee, the site where they won the NL Pennant in 2018. The first game of the series will feature Julio Urías for the visiting Dodgers and Zach Davies for the Brewers. In his last start against the Dodgers, Davies went 7 innings, allowing just one run and eight hits. The series will begin on Thursday at 5:10 pm.