After blowout win, Dodgers know urgency is needed for rest of season

After blowout win, Dodgers know urgency is needed for rest of season

8/2/2021 5:48:00 AM

After blowout win, Dodgers know urgency is needed for rest of season

The Dodgers had no trouble beating the Diamondbacks 13-0 Sunday, but they understand they have work to do to catch the Giants in the NL West.

and another 14 hits, including Albert Pujols’ three-run double in the second and Justin Turner’s three-run homer in the seventh, on Sunday.AJ Pollock had four hits, including a pair of RBI doubles and is batting .394 (37 for 94) with seven homers 10 doubles, 15 RBIs and 15 runs in 26 games since the start of July.

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“He’s been on fire for quite some time,” Roberts said. “I think the thing with him is he’s aggressive to his zone. Call it earning pitches to get into good counts, and when he gets a pitch that’s a mistake, he’s doing some damage.“Whether it’s the base hit, the double, the home runs, driving in runs, taking walks when needed, he’s doing all of that. He’s carrying us right now.”

AdvertisementThe Dodgers took advantage of three walks to score five runs in the second inning Sunday. They added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth for an 8-0 lead, allowing Roberts to pull Julio Urias after the left-hander threw 83 pitches in five shutout innings in which he gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked none.

Betts started at second base instead of right field to ease the stress on his hip and, with a runner on first base, made a superb over-the-shoulder running catch of Drew Ellis’ broken-bat flare to shallow center in the first inning.Roberts said the play “changed the landscape of the game” because it turned a potential first-and-third, one-out situation to a runner-on-first, two-out situation, but Betts wasn’t all that impressed with himself.

“I mean, I’ve been playing outfield, so going to get the ball is nothing new,” Betts said. “I saw that I could catch it, and I told Seags ‘I got it’ while running. It wasn’t anything I wasn’t used to.”AdvertisementThis Dodgers trade is one that Danny Duffy fully supports

Danny Duffy grew up a Dodgers fan and now gets to play for them after the Royals on Thursday traded him. On Sunday, his new teammates beat the Diamondbacks 13-0.Betts, who made 14 starts at second base for the Red Sox in 2014 and one for the Dodgers in 2020, fielded two grounders cleanly and threw to first for outs. He ended the eighth inning by fielding Nick Ahmed’s grounder, stepping on the second-base bag and firing to first for a double play.

Betts, who came up as an infielder in Boston’s farm system, looked like a natural at second, but Roberts said that will be more of a one-game thing to keep him off the artificial turf at Chase Field. Betts will return to right field this week, and Trea Turner will eventually get the bulk of the playing time at second.

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