Pitchers Dominate in Shutout Against the Mariners
A battered Dodgers lineup faced off against the Mariners today but managed to scrape by with a 1-0 win. Their only run came in the third, scored by AJ Pollock on a Corey Seager single. The game was largely dominated by pitching on both sides from start to finish.
Lefty pitcher Julio Urías had an excellent outing, racking up a career high eleven strikeouts with only one walk and one hit. His signature slurve ball and a revolving mix of pitches helped him get ahead 0-2 against over half of the batters he saw. In total, Urías threw 88 pitches through seven shutout innings.
Victor González came in for the Dodger 8th and got two quick outs before walking Dylan Moore. The next at-bat, J.P. Crawford hit a bouncer back at González, who took a slight tumble off the mound but was able to get Crawford out with a throw from the knees to end the inning.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and pitched the hell out of it, touching 97 twice on the radar gun. The only pitch he threw under 90 mph was a beautifully placed far corner slider at 84 to get Kyle Seager swinging to end the game.
Dodger pitchers threw 109 pitches for a shutout game against the Mariners.
Mariners Have Steady Hands on the Rudder
Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales gave up only one run, but it was enough damage to earn him the loss. Still, Gonzales put in one heck of a performance, overwhelming not with speed but precision. When he missed, it wasn’t by very much – only one walk, two hits, and one earned run in this six strikeouts performance. Gonzales threw 101 pitches before leaving the game after the seventh inning.
Old Dodger friend Casey Sadler came in to pitch the eighth against his former team. Sadler played twenty-four games with the Dodgers in the 2019 season, all but one as a reliever. He spent a lot of time popping back and forth between Triple A and the majors during his time with the Dodgers and in January of 2020, he was DFAed and picked up by the Cubs before finally making his way to the Mariners.
Sadler might be more infamously known as the Dodger player who dared to say he didn’t like In-N-Out; a major sin on Dodger Twitter. To his credit, he handled the situation well and even met up with Dodger fans at the restaurant before leaving for Chicago. Sadler and his wife were also very candid about how hard life with a young daughter was bouncing around between ball clubs. He also drew positive attention to the plight of minor leaguers.
What I’m getting at: if anyone was going to have an eight pitch inning against the Dodgers, I’m kind of ok with it coming from “Dadler.”
Quite from the Batter’s Box
On the hitting side, both lineups were rather quiet at the plate, though there were some loud outs. In the third inning, super utility man Chris Taylor had a very probably base hit and RBI snatched out of the air by a sideways leap from Mariners second base player Dylan Moore. A few balls attempted to leave the yard on both side, but none made it further than the warning track. It was a good day for pitching to be sure.
In important brother vs brother news, Kyle Seager and Corey Seager both managed to catch one of each other’s pop ups for an out. This likely made parents Jeff and Jody happy that both of their baseball boys were even, at least for this game.
Still, Dodgers pulled out a 1-0 shutout victory against the Mariners to split the series at one game each.
The teams hits the road tonight with an off day tomorrow. They will be back in Dodger Stadium Thursday for a 7:10p start against the Padres. Be sure to tune in. Chances are it’ll be one heckuva series.