Dodgers continue dominant month with shutout and sweep of Diamondbacks


Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Mookie Betts (50) during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

The Boys of August continued rolling Wednesday night.

In an 7-0 blowout of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers continued their torrid August efficiency, ending up the month’s penultimate day with a 24 -4 record considering that completion of July.

They’ve won all 9 series they’ve played in the month. Wednesday clinched their 5th series sweep because stretch. And, with another August contest to enter Thursday night’s series opener versus the MLB-best Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers (83-49) have an opportunity at franchise history, on the edge of winning 25 video games in a single month for just the 3rd time in franchise history.

With 24 wins this month, they’ve currently fallen a Los Angeles group high.

” It’s simply great well-rounded baseball,” supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “I believe a great deal of times groups discuss when you have the striking, you’re not pitching, and vice versa. I believe right now we’ve had both every night.”

Wednesday was among the Dodgers most emphatic August wins.

They leapt ahead of Arizona (69-65) early, after Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward struck two-run homers in the bottom of the 3rd.

They kept overdoing from there, getting a two-run double in the 4th and RBI single in the 6th from Max Muncy

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They controlled behind a scientific one-two pitching mix, too, with Ryan Pepiot tossing 5 scoreless innings in his start and Ryan Yarbrough following with 4 innings of relief to make a conserve.

” Just a lot of group wins,” stated Muncy, who ended up with 2 hits and a walk to extend his striking streak to 9 video games. “The pitching was terrific. Pep and Yarbs tonight boggled the mind. It was simply an excellent series.”

The Dodgers now have a plus-80 run differential in August. They’ve extended their department lead from 2 video games to an all-but-insurmountable 14 1/2.

And unexpectedly, a club that invested much of the very first half attempting to remain in a playoff area has an opportunity to surround the leading National League seed this weekend, entering their marquee four-game match with the Braves just 4 video games back in the loss column.

” These men have actually been the very best group, the class of baseball, from the beginning,” Roberts stated of Atlanta. “They can pitch. Their bullpen is strong. Their position gamers are as excellent as any person in baseball. It’s going to be an enjoyable series.”

Dodgers' Kiké Hernández runs to second on a grounder hit by James Outman.

Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández goes to 2nd on a grounder struck by James Outman, who was out in the beginning throughout the 5th inning. ( Ryan Sun/ Associated Press)

It might likewise function as a de facto playoff sneak peek, providing the Dodgers an early taste of what might be to come in October– a month they’ve been even more vulnerable throughout their decade-long run of routine season success.

” You still need to play the video game, whether you’re the front runner or the last seed in,” Muncy stated. “The only thing that matters is making it which’s sort of all we’re concentrated on. If we’re concentrated on the video game that night, then when completion of the season comes we’ll see where we’re at.”

For now, however, they’ll get one last day to indulge in the magnificence of their historical August efficiency.

” No, it does not,” Roberts stated with a smile when asked if all the group’s current winning has actually gotten old. “It’s a by-product of preparation and playing excellent baseball. I believe for us, it’s keeping the blinders on and not getting captured up on who we’re playing, where we’re playing and specific situations that we can’t manage. We’re simply playing great baseball.”

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Injury updates

J.D. Martinez(groin) has a time frame for his return from the hurt list, with Roberts revealing Wednesday that the designated player might be back by next week’s trip to Washington versus the Nationals

Martinez, who has actually missed out on 24 overall video games considering that late July (and 9 because going on the hurt list recently), swung a bat Wednesday and will take batting practice Thursday. Roberts stated Martinez will invest a couple days with the club’s triple A Oklahoma City affiliate on a rehab task.

Relief pitcher Shelby Miller(neck) likewise went back to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night and is anticipated to be triggered in the coming days.

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This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times

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