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Mookie Betts hits career-high thirty sixth homer as Dodgers have 16 hits in rout of Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts celebrates while running the bases on his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)
The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts celebrates whilst working the bases on his house run towards the Arizona Diamondbacks all over the 6th inning on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (Ryan Solar / Related Press)

The Arizona Diamondbacks had received 12 of 15 video games once they arrived in Los Angeles this week, rebounding from a brutal six-week stretch during which they misplaced 25 of 32 to achieve grip on a wild-card spot, and so they had their two supreme pitchers, Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly, coated up for the primary two video games of a three-game set towards the Dodgers.

“They are gritty, they’re difficult, and we’re seeing two in their supreme guys,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated ahead of the collection, “so it must be two shut video games right here, and we’ll see who performs the cleanest baseball to win.”

16 runs and 27 hits — six of them homers — later, it’s transparent Roberts will have underestimated baseball’s freshest membership.

One night time after pounding Gallen, the Dodgers shredded Kelly for seven runs and 12 hits in 5 innings of a 9-1 victory ahead of a crowd of 42,323 in Chavez Ravine on Tuesday night time, with David Peralta, Jason Heyward and Chris Taylor main a 16-hit assault with 3 hits each and every and Mookie Betts and Will Smith hitting solo homers.

The Dodgers (82-49) progressed to 23-4 this month, and with two video games left — towards the Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves — ahead of the calendar turns to September, they have got an opportunity to tie the franchise file of 25 wins in a calendar month, set via the Brooklyn Dodgers in July 1947 and August 1953.

“I in point of fact did suppose it used to be going to be a dogfight,” Roberts stated. “I’ve numerous admire for Merrill and Zac. They have each had nice years and … you normally don’t make your cash towards guys like them. However we in point of fact took nice at-bats. We grinded them. We received numerous giant counts, numerous giant at-bats.”

Veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw, in his fourth get started again from a six-week stint at the injured record on account of a sore shoulder, gave up one run and 3 hits in 5 innings, struck out 5 and walked 3 to reinforce to 12-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 20 begins. Kershaw were given win No. 209, tying Don Drysdale for 2nd maximum in franchise historical past at the back of Don Sutton (233).

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“I feel it simply way I’ve been right here for a very long time and I’ve been a part of some in point of fact nice groups,” Kershaw stated. “It’s nice corporate. Drysdale and Sutton are two of the most productive, particularly in Dodgers historical past, so it’s cool.”

In 9 video games since June 2, a span interrupted via his IL stint, Kershaw is 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA, a 50-inning stretch during which he has given up 8 earned runs and 31 hits, struck out 45 and walked 11.

However Kershaw’s final get started in Cleveland final Wednesday used to be suspended on account of rain after two innings, and he appeared just a little rusty Tuesday night time, strolling two batters in a 24-pitch first inning and escaping a two-on, one-out jam in the second one via getting Gabriel Moreno to floor into an inning-ending double play.

“That used to be any other one who wasn’t tremendous lovely,” Kershaw stated. “I don’t know if it used to be rust or I simply wasn’t just right, however quite a lot of stuff to paintings on. I used to be grateful to get thru 5 and simplest surrender at the one homer. It wasn’t nice, however I’ll take it.”

One guy’s struggles used to be any other guy’s triumph.

“I imply, this man is without doubt one of the largest competition I have ever noticed,” Roberts stated of Kershaw. “What I noticed used to be… will … compete and simply tenacity. He wasn’t going to be denied. Obviously, he did not have his supreme stuff. However he used to be going to come up with 5 innings and give you the option to present us an opportunity to win a ballgame.”

Kelly entered with a 10-5 file and a pair of.97 ERA in 23 begins, the fourth-best ERA amongst pitchers who’ve thrown a minimum of 130 innings this season at the back of San Diego’s Blake Snell, the Chicago Cubs’ Justin Steele and the New York Yankees’ Gerrit Cole.

That didn’t intimidate the Dodgers, who ruled Kelly identical to they did Gallen in Monday night time’s collection opener, once they scored 3 runs within the first inning and 3 within the 6th towards the Diamondbacks ace en path to a 7-4 win.

The Dodgers scored 3 runs within the first after an obvious inning-ending 3-6-1 double play used to be overturned via replay, which confirmed that Max Muncy had overwhelmed out the grounder.

Peralta rifled a double previous first baseman Christian Walker to attain Betts, who led off with an infield unmarried, and Heyward adopted with a double to right-center to attain Muncy and Peralta for a 3-0 lead.

The Dodgers driven the result in 4-0 in the second one when Taylor, who celebrated his thirty third birthday and his bobblehead night time, walked, stole 2nd and scored on Miguel Rojas’ unmarried to middle. They added two extra runs within the 3rd for a 6-0 lead, Muncy main off with a double to left-center and scoring on Peralta’s unmarried to middle. Heyward grounded right into a 4-6-3 double play, however James Outman singled to correct and scored on Taylor’s double into the left-field nook, the fourth two-out RBI of the sport giving the Dodgers a significant league-leading 293 two-out RBIs.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws all over the 3rd inning towards the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Ryan Solar / Related Press)

Arizona were given at the board within the 5th when Corbin Carroll led off with a house run, his twenty third, to middle off Kershaw, simplest the 3rd time in his 16-year profession {that a} left-handed hitter hit one in every of Kershaw’s signature curveballs for a homer.

However the Dodgers were given that run again within the backside of the 5th when Muncy walked, Peralta and Heyward hit bloop singles and Outman hit a sacrifice fly to middle for a 7-1 lead.

Betts then led off the 6th together with his team-leading and career-high thirty sixth homer, a 428-foot shot deep into the left-center pavilion off reliever Scott McGough, and Smith hit a towering solo homer to left, his seventeenth, for a 9-1 lead.

“I feel it’s lovely spectacular what our group’s doing at this time,” Kershaw stated. “I imply, the ones are two just right pitchers in Gallen and Kelly, and for us to place up the ones sorts of runs and simply stay the road transferring, everyone the entire method down the lineup contributing, it’s simply in point of fact spectacular.”

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Tony Gonsolin: “It didn’t determine”

Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin leans to his side and stares from the mound during a loss.
Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin stands at the mound as supervisor Dave Roberts involves take him out all over the fourth inning towards the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrill / Related Press)

Tony Gonsolin knew after present process an MRI check in mid-June that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, however the Dodgers right-hander persevered to pitch to prop up an injury-depleted rotation, an effort that ended with Monday’s announcement that Gonsolin will go through Tommy John surgical operation and leave out subsequent season.

“Kershaw used to be down on the time, Julio [Urías] used to be down, we had Bobby [Miller] and [Emmet] Sheehan referred to as up from double-A, so I think like I used to be pitching out of necessity,” Gonsolin stated Tuesday. “I assumed I may just do it. It simply were given to the purpose the place the stuff wasn’t appearing. I used to be hoping I may just make it during the season, submit just right numbers and submit. It didn’t determine.”

Gonsolin went 8-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 20 begins, muddling his method thru many of the season with a lowered fastball and a four-pitch combine that wasn’t just about as crisp because it used to be final season, when Gonsolin went 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 24 begins and made the All-Superstar group for the primary time.

Gonsolin, 29, persevered to pitch with the damage since the discomfort “felt extra like standard soreness,” he stated, “however total, the stuff went down, and my command simply used to be no longer the place it had to be.”

Gonsolin’s contract comprises incentives that, together with his 20 begins, will build up his wage subsequent season from $3.4 million to $5.4 million, however he claimed cash used to be no longer his his number one motivation to pitch during the damage.

“I did not in point of fact consider it, truthfully,” he stated. “I used to be simply seeking to cross in the market and assist the group and consume up essential innings.”

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This tale firstly seemed in Los Angeles Instances.


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