Dodgers’ offense comes back to life to back Walker Buehler in San Diego

first_img“This park with the air at times the ball just wasn’t traveling today and it’s a big ballpark. … To take the good swings but still have traffic which we did essentially all game and get the timely hits … a lot of good stuff all around.”The Dodgers did hit two home runs – solo shots by Joc Pederson in the third inning and A.J. Pollock in the ninth off infielder Ty France. But they were just two of their 18 baserunners in the game – 14 hits, three walks and one error. And the Dodgers went 6 for 11 with runners in scoring position to cash many of them in.“You’re going to have some times when you go through a stretch of not-ideal offense,” Pollock said. “Today it was nice to kind of break out, get everyone involved.”Pederson started the scoring with his homer, his career-high 27th of the season.Cody Bellinger snapped back after a 1-for-14 stretch and led off the fourth by slicing a double down the left field line. He scored on a single by Matt Beaty (one of three hits in the game for Beaty) and Beaty scored on a single by Kiké Hernandez. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire But it was the fifth inning that broke the game open for the Dodgers.The first four batters in the inning pushed Padres starter Cal Quantrill, making him throw 20 pitches as the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out. Corey Seager drove in two with a single. Beaty singled again and Will Smith singled in two more. Hernandez doubled in the fifth run of the inning.Seven consecutive Dodgers reached base during the inning – four on singles, two on walks and Hernandez with his double.“I thought we used the big part of the field,” Roberts said. “We took what he gave us – whether it be the walk, the base hit up the middle, Corey Seager going to left-center, Cody staying on the baseball and legging out a double. Those are good things. When we can do that and continue to put pressure on a pitcher to make pitches consistently, those are good things.”While the offense was springing back to life, Walker Buehler was extending his ownership rights over the Padres.Buehler struck out 11 in six scoreless innings, allowing four hits. Considering he has also been part of a no-hitter against the Padres (in Mexico last year) and struck out 15 in a complete-game victory over them earlier this season, that wasn’t so bad for San Diego.In two starts against the Padres this season, Buehler has struck out 26 in 15 innings. For his career, he is 4-0 in four starts against the Padres with 42 strikeouts, 13 hits and just two runs allowed in 28 innings (an ERA of 0.64).According to Stats LLC, Buehler is only the second pitcher since 1913 to go 4-0 with an ERA under 1.00 and more than 40 strikeouts in his first four starts against a team. Pedro Martinez did it to the Seattle Mariners.“I don’t think it was one of my better games stuff-wise,” Buehler said. “Cutter was alright. Fastball command was better than the last one. That’s always kind of the biggest thing for me.”One of Buehler’s fastballs did veer wildly off course and thump Manuel Margot in the back of the helmet. The 95-mph, second-inning missile dropped Margot to the dirt. But he eventually got up – slowly – walked to first base and stole second on Buehler’s first pitch to the next batter.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against a San Diego Padres batter during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPadres starting pitcher Cal Quantrill works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Padres manager Andy Green and third base coach Glenn Hoffman tend to Manuel Margot after he was hit on the helmet by a pitch from the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler during the second inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)A trainer talks with the Padres’ Manuel Margot, center, after he was hit on the helmet by a pitch from the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler during the second inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates with third base coach Dino Ebel (12) after hitting a home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson gestures after hitting a home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty (45) scores from second on a single by Kike’ Hernandez, next to San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers turns a double play as Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres is out at second base during the second inning of a game at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres connects for a double during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgersat PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his two-run single during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager scores on a single by Will Smith, not pictured, during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez runs to first after hitting an RBI double during the fifth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot makes the catch at the wall for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres looks on after striking out during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgersat PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger congratulates teammate A.J. Pollock after Pollock hit a solo home run during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres is unable to catch a solo home run hit by A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a game at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the ninth inning of a game against the San Diego Padresat PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 27: Will Smith #16 congratulates Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after defeating the San Diego Padres 9-0 in a game at PETCO Park on August 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against a San Diego Padres batter during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 24Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ExpandSAN DIEGO — The vital signs of the Dodgers’ offense are strong again.The Dodgers had batted a collective .228 over their nine games before Tuesday and managed to score more than three runs just once in that time.They scored more than that in the fifth inning alone Tuesday night, rolling past the San Diego Padres 9-0.“It was a good night offensively,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team lowered its magic number to clinch a seventh consecutive NL West division title to 10.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Obviously you never intend to hit a guy in the head. That’s just not the way I play,” Buehler said. “It’s hard because you want to make sure the guy’s okay. But at the same time, you’ve got a game to pitch.“He stole second base on the next pitch. He seemed to be doing fine. I asked him if he was alright when he went to second. It’s just scary. But you can’t let it take you out of your game.”Four innings later, Margot’s recovery was complete. He went back to the wall in center field and robbed Bellinger of a possible home run.The game ended in historic fashion. Catcher Russell Martin rejoined the team Tuesday and was activated from the bereavement list. Roberts sent him out to pitch the ninth inning, the fourth time Martin has pitched this season.Despite a leadoff double, Martin preserved the shutout – and his career 0.00 ERA. According to Stats LLC, Martin is the first position player (excluding two-way players) to pitch in a shutout win for his team since Oct. 3, 1917 when Hall of Famer George “High Pockets” Kelly pitched five shutout innings in the New York Giants’ final game of the season. It was Kelly’s only pitching appearance. 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