The Dodgers once again played another complete game as they completed a short 2 game sweep against the Diamondbacks. Bobby Miller absolutely carved the Arizona lineup, the bullpen held the lead over three innings, and the lineup rallied when it needed to.
As for Miller, he was sensational tonight, throwing six innings, giving up only four hits, and striking out four. What is more impressive is the fact that he looked in control of his potent pitching arsenal and calmly dissected the Arizona lineup. He is maturing right before our eyes…
The offense was dormant for most of the game, but due to the great outing by Miller and the excellent bullpen performance, they only needed one big hit. That came courtesy of David Peralta, who laced a two-run single in the eighth to end the scoreless duel between the two teams. With two outs and the bases loaded, Peralta came up clutch yet again for the Dodgers, and it ended up being the dagger to Arizona.
Evan Phillips came on and looked like his dominant self after a rough outing the night before in a narrow victory. He sat down the Diamondbacks in order to end the game and give the Dodgers the 2-0 victory after Caleb Ferguson kept the score tied and Joe Kelly held the lead.
The Dodgers are now 67-46 and six games up in the National League West due to another Giants loss Wednesday night.
Here are my three takeaways:
David Peralta Plays Hero Once Again
I mean, the guy is hitting .333 against lefties this year. Peralta did it again for this team and is exactly the type of hitter the Dodgers were missing in their lineup. It was his first RBI against a left-handed pitcher since August of 2022 and it seems like all he tries to do is poke balls through holes and go gap-to-gap with his approach. It mimics the potent Freddie Freeman a good amount as well. Having two guys that can go up there and hit for average and occasional power is essential to this home stretch of games and postseason.
Bobby Miller Showcased His Dominance
As I mentioned earlier, it was a great sign to see Miller in control of his stuff and have a confident, calm demeanor on the mound. Miller had the shortest outing of his career five days ago and left in the seventh inning after showing some toughness late in the outing. Obviously if not for putting two runners on to start the seventh, he would have probably finished that inning and been even more dominant, but it was smart for Dave Roberts to pull him at the time he did. The emotion coming off the mound was evident, and for a rookie, it is awesome to see that he cares so much about the small details.
Treinen and Buehler Throw Sim Games
We all knew about Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw being on the mend, but in somewhat of a shock, Blake Treinen took the mound before the game in Arizona Wednesday. It was his first time facing hitters since having offseason shoulder surgery and had been 86-87 MPH in bullpens, but hit a remarkable 94 when facing hitters. The Dodgers could get quite scary down the stretch and into October if they can add Kershaw, Buehler and Treinen to their staff…
The Dodgers head back home for a 10 game homestand as Ty Blach takes the mound for the Rockies. The Dodgers have yet to announce a starter. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM PST on Thursday.