San Francisco, recap and what to watch on Wednesday
The Dodgers did what they do well- work the count, get runners on, and drive them in.
Walker Buehler did what he does well, flick fastballs past hitters. And he did it 73 times to get through 5.1 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk while having 6 strikeouts.
Dodger hitters capitalized on runners in scoring position with David Freese hitting a timely 3 run home run and turning the lineup order in the 6th to the tune of 6 runs, including a Kike Hernandez 2 run homerun.
Buehler struck out 6 on 95 pitches. He carried a consistent 70% strike percentage while dominating the strike zone with 95 mph fastballs. He worked himself into trouble in the 6th before Dylan Floro acquired 2 outs in relief, stranding Brandon Belt on 3rd.
Yimi Garcia quieted the Giants in the 8th, and he finished strong to end the game in the 9th.
Tomorrow’s highlights today:
Hyun Jun Ryu takes on Madison Bumgarner in the rubber match of the 3-game series.
Dodger hitters will look to continue knitting the strike zone, using patience and timely hitting to find success against the Giants’ ace. Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA when wearing the creme colored jersey. His numbers are significantly better on the road this season, and hitters will look to the top of their lineup for success. The first two hitters are averaging .343/ .361/ .634/ .995 with 2 HR, 2 2B, and 6 runs over 12 innings, and he is most hittable in the first plate appearance. His BAbip in first AB’s is .324 and his SO/BB rate is 3.75. His 2nd AB rate is 14.00. Also, look for hitters to capitalize in the 5th and 6th innings. As Bumgarner works longer, the Dodgers will get a better look at his pitch patterns, and look to ramp up his 5.43 average ERA in the 5th and 6th.
Ryu will take on a Giants lineup that has struggled- to say the least- to score runs this season. Giants hitters are currently batting .259/ .308/ .383/ .691 in 200 PAs with a SO/W ratio of 2.64. In San Francisco, Ryu is 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 2.192 SO/BB ratio, close to his career average in wall three categories. He will try to continue strengthening his command and control through innings 2-5 where he is committing hitters to .160/ .160/ .321/ .481 in these frames.
If Ryu can get past the first, he is most likely going to have a strong outing. Be sure to follow our TWITTER for in game updates including scoring, matchups, and leverage situation stats.