Mookie Betts’ efficiency Thursday at PNC Park, an all-around rendition that served as a reminder of his elite skill-set throughout a comparatively disappointing season, started within the first inning, when it was nonetheless sunny and muggy, contained in the batter’s field.
He swatted the third pitch of the sport, a 2-0 fastball from Mitch Keller, over the wall in left-center subject to offer the Dodgers a immediate lead in a rain-shortened, series-sweeping 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was Betts’ sixth house run this season and first in 75 plate appearances. He hadn’t homered since Might 18. On Sunday, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts predicted Betts would homer “within the subsequent few days.”
“I’ve been working lots, as at all times,” mentioned Betts, who completed two for 4 with a stroll. “I really feel like I’ve been fairly shut right here recently and I’ve been hitting the ball more durable extra persistently. I don’t learn about a house run, however I do really feel like I’m swinging the bat just a little bit higher.”
Betts then took his act to proper subject. It was bumpy initially. He fumbled successful from Erik González within the second inning that allowed Phillip Evans to attain from first base, simply beating his throw, to tie the rating. Betts rapidly rebounded.
After a wild pitch moved Gonzalez to 3rd base, Ka’i Tom hit a line drive to proper subject. Betts sprinted ahead to catch the ball beneath his knee. He casually spun and fired a exact throw house. González, tagging up, couldn’t keep away from Austin Barnes’ tag with a headfirst slide. Betts, with the 21-foot Clemente Wall behind him, nonchalantly put up two fingers as soon as the Roberto Clemente-esque play was full. Two outs.
“I felt just like the spin was going to be the simplest approach to hold my momentum so I can get one thing on the ball as an alternative of attempting to cease and redirect to throw it to house,” Betts mentioned. “So I felt just like the spin was the most effective play.”
The spotlight made issues simpler for Julio Urías. The left-hander held the Pirates to 3 runs on six hits over six innings. On the plate, he made the Pirates (23-38) pay for strolling Barnes forward of him to load the bases with two outs within the third inning, stroking a two-run single to proper subject.
Dodgers proper fielder Mookie Betts made a powerful double play in opposition to the Pirates on Thursday.
The hit gave the Dodgers (37-25) a three-run lead and Urías seven RBIs this season.
“I simply attempt to do my job,” Urías mentioned. “I prefer to hit. I’m not going to disclaim it. I’ve favored to hit since I used to be little. Clearly, now we give attention to pitching however after we’re there and now we have runners to drive in, I attempt to placed on a great swing and have the ball fall someplace.”
Keller was pulled after Urías’ blow. The proper-hander yielded 4 runs in 2 2/3 innings, giving approach to the bullpen, the one power for a membership toiling in final place with the worst run differential within the majors. 5 Pirates relievers mixed to surrender two runs over the following 4 2/3 innings till the sport was stopped with one out within the prime of the eighth.
Kyle Crick was on the mound dealing with Albert Pujols as rain flooded the ballpark when plate umpire Dan Iassogna referred to as over a member of the grounds crew for a climate replace. The grounds crew member confirmed him the forecast on a cellphone. Iassogna then signaled to pause the sport.
It by no means restarted. The sport was referred to as 1 hour quarter-hour later, giving the Dodgers a three-game sequence sweep and their thirteenth straight win over the Pirates. They left for Los Angeles in second place behind the San Francisco Giants. Subsequent up: a three-game sequence in opposition to the Texas Rangers, one other last-place membership, starting Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Highlights from the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
Betts will enter with a .255 batting common and an .813 on-base-plus-slugging proportion this season. Each are vital dropoffs from his profession norm. The Dodgers hope Thursday was the beginning of a turnaround.
“All it takes is just a little sizzling streak,” Roberts mentioned, “after which all of the numbers are corrected.”