By Earl Heath, Sports Writer
Walker Buehler came up with a dynamic pitching performance in leading the Los Angeles to a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Buehler (2-1) threw 108 pitches going nine innings making him the first hurler in the Major Leagues to toss a complete game this season.
“It’s a milestone I wanted “said the 27-year-old. “It was good to help get us on track. The guys had my back and had a lot to do with it it’s a cool accomplishment.”
The ace gave up three hits, fanned a season high 10 batters giving him his 13th career double digit strikeout performance.
“I just think he’s got to sequence more,” said Skipper Dave Roberts. “Guys nowadays more than ever are just geared up for the fastball. So the game and the hitters tell you how you need to approach things and if you need change or not change.”
It was all part of a good week as the Dodgers won 8 of their last 10 games and sit atop of the NL West just a game ahead of San Francisco. (at press time)
Max Muncy Mookie Betts both homered leading to a 6-1 win over San Diego in the series road opener at Petco Park.
With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 in the fifth Betts went “Uptown” with a 410-foot solo shot to the upper deck tying the game.
Three batters later it was Muncy who hit a solo blast giving L A the lead. He would later add a bases loaded single driving in two.
The veteran finished the night going 2 for 3 with three RBI’s and two walks.
Betts homered again in the ninth giving him his 20th multi homerun game of his career. Justin Turner added a sac-fly.
Julio Urias went five innings giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out six.
Cody Bellinger appears to be gaining back in stride. He was named National League Player of the Week
The MVP went 7 for 23 with three homers and seven RBI’s. “It definitely feels good,” said Bellinger.”Its just a week but its better than not winning it I guess. I’m just coming in everyday and focusing in on what’s important, just trying to be consistent and trying to stay healthy. Those are the two most important things”