Walker Buehler once again showed his ace-like potential as he dominated the Marlins over 7 shutout innings and led the Dodgers to a 9-0 win. He was backed by more offense than he needed as the Dodgers busted out with 3 homers as part of a 9-run, 9-hit game.
Buehler was lights-out on Sunday afternoon as he struck out eleven batters, including 6 of the first 8 he faced. He didn’t walk anyone and he allowed just 5 hits.
“I really like the way it was coming out of my hand today,” Buehler said. “When you spin the fastball and you can get some angle on it, it’s going to help you out. What I’ve been searching for and kind of found it today – trying to get the ball down and create the illusion where it stays up.”
Buehler also received some high praise from his new teammate, A.J. Pollock. “He’s the guy when you face him, you’re in the locker room after the game and guys are talking about him. He’s got such an electric fastball, it feels like it speeds up over the plate. He’s a nightmare to face, for sure. Glad I’m on this side and can enjoy it from a better perspective.”
Pollock also contributed to the game as he hit the third of three Dodger homers. He hit it in the 7th inning and extended the Dodger lead to 9-0. Even though the Marlins didn’t get close, the three extra runs were nice after the Dodgers blew a 6-0 lead on Saturday.
The Dodgers also received homers from Max Muncy and Joc Pederson. Muncy’s homer came in the first inning with a man on base and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Pederson homered in the third inning with a man on and as he deposited the ball into the visitor bullpen.
The Dodgers have an off-day on Monday as they wait for the Angels to come to town for a two-game series. Game one of the series will be at 7:10 on Tuesday and the starters will be Felix Peña against Kenta Maeda. Maeda has a 3.71 ERA this year and Peña has a 4.92 ERA. Maeda hasn’t had a full outing since July 12 in Boston. He pitched on July 17 against the Phillies but only for 2 innings as weather cut his start short.