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Dodgers sweep Giants behind Ohtani’s first home run

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Dodgers get a perfect balance of clutch pitching and solid offense to complete three game sweep of San Francisco

LOS ANGELES — Through the early part of the season, much of the talk around the Dodgers has been about Shohei Ohtani’s slow start. On Wednesday, he broke through and crushed a solo shot to the middle of the right-field bleachers in the seventh inning. 

While the Dodger offense did enough to win this game, the bullpen was crucial again to the 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Tyler Glasnow threw  six strong innings, and three relievers held the Giants to four runs to secure an early season sweep of their Northern California rivals. 

The Dodgers are now 7-2 on the season. 

Here are three takeaways:

There was some concern among Dodgers fans and pundits across the media about the slow start for Shohei. Remember, Ohtani had major elbow surgery in the later part of 2023 and can’t even throw at 100 percent yet. 

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Whether it was Tommy John or the new Internal Brace procedure, it is still a long recovery, so he might not be at full strength until midway through the season. With his first home run, it could be a sign of things to come.

He went 2-for-4 and looked much like the two-time American League  MVP that we have seen in years past.

In his first start at Dodger Stadium, Glasnow (2-0) looked fantastic, allowing two hits and one run in six innings.  So it was only right that he had to regress to the mean slightly, right?

 

In six innings Wednesday, Glasnow gave up only four hits, but allowed three runs on two walks and a home run. That might not seem impressive, but he faced 10 batters through the first three innings.

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When Glasnow’s pitches are working and his command is pinpoint, he can look like he is going to throw a perfect game. But when he loses control and starts to leave balls over the plate, there is a tendency for him to get into tough spots and give up more runs than he should.

Glasnow did strike out seven, but his command has to improve if he wants to be the ace of the Dodgers.

Usually a new call-up from the minors doesn’t get the chance to close against a rival with a sweep on the line. On Wednesday, Dinelson Lamet got that opportunity and dominated it.

 

In his one inning, he struck out two of the three hitters he faced, needing 11 pitchers for his first career save.

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The Dodgers took a flier on him after stints with the Rockies, Padres and Red Sox and he already is paying dividends. If Lamet can establish himself, he could be this year’s Shelby Miller and make an impact to the bullpen depth. 

The Dodgers have an off day before visiting the Chicago Cubs for a three-game weekend series. Dodgers right-hander Bobby Miller will face right-hander Kyle Hendricks at 11:20 a.m. Friday.