By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
During an up and down first half of the season the Dodgers appear to be hot just as MLB breaks for the 91st All-Star game.
Los Angeles took two of three from Arizona in the final series at the midway point.
It was the Max Muncy who continued his hot hitting that helped give the Dodgers a pre-break win.
The D-Backs had walked Mookie Betts with a man on second ahead of Muncy hoping to set up a double play instead the man who has been hotter than July ripped a three-run blast to give the team a two of three series win.
“Thankfully I made them pay for it,” said Muncy. That was his team leading 19th homer.
Trailing 4-1 the Dodgers scored three runs in the eight and three more in the ninth for the rally win.
The previous night the team had a record setting night by scoring 22 runs while hitting 8 homers tying a franchise record. Justin Turner and Betts hit grand slams. Albert Pujols and AJ Pollack both homered twice.
This was the most points ever scored by a Dodger team at home in a stadium that opened in 1962.
That’s the sign of a really good club,” said skipper Dave Roberts. “No matter what the score is we keep trying to win pitches and not give away at bats.”
Before the series with Arizona Julio Urias help put the stops of a three-game skid by tossing seven strong innings scattering five hits while striking out nine. It was a steady performance as Urias (11-3) became the first eleven game winner in MLB.
It was the first time the lefty surpassed the century mark in pitches thrown in a game (102) pitches. His final pitch was a 97 miles per hour fast ball.
The Dodgers having won six of the last ten games enter the break with a 56-35 record two games behind the S.F. Giants.
THE ALL-STAR GAME: The American league beat the Nationals League 5-2. The Angels Shohei Ohtani became the first player to start as a pitcher and line up player in All-Star history.
Ohtani was batting 271 with 33 homers and had 87 strike outs in 13 starts.
He was the first Angel pitcher to start since Jerod Weaver in 2011 He had a one two three first inning and went 0 for 2 at the plate. Max Muncy and Justin Turner had singles. During Homerun Derby All players wore Hank Aaron’s 44 on the field.
“He’s one of the greatest players of all-time,“ said the Atlanta Braves Freddy Freeman who got to know Aaron over the years.