For the second straight series, the Dodgers turned on the tide in a resounding victory to complete the sweep. On Wednesday, it came in the form of Max Muncy and AJ Pollock leading the offense, and Mitch White pulling the pen out of a box game in a 9-0 Pirates beating.
By the time the Whites entered Wednesday’s game in the second inning, the Dodgers were already leading 3-0. It was a perfect cushion for a pen game, although white provided all the relief.
The right-hander has enjoyed his best major league game to date. After opener Justin Bruihl – who had five strikeouts, starting for the second time in three days – White allowed just two singles and two walks, and struck out six strikes. by finishing the game.
“I just worked to be efficient and do my best with it, just attack the guys and not walk,” White said. “Get a little swing and miss the curve ball, then go from there. “
The Whites were efficient, needing only 74 shots to go through 7 ′ innings, the longest professional outing of the Whites’ career. His longest minor league games have been a seven-inning trio in 2017-18 between Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa.
“He was fantastic. It’s something he will remember for a long time, ”said manager Dave Roberts. “We needed a great performance from him, and he gave us that and so much more. “
The Dodgers pitchers have allowed 23 points overall in the last 11 games, winning 10, including the last six in a row.
Those three runs from the first set started with a single from AJ Pollock, beating the first for the first time this season.
Since the All-Star hiatus, the Dodgers headed hitters have started the game on a high most of the time. They have 16 hits in 28 batting appearances to open the first inning, with six doubles, three homers and two walks. It’s a cool .571 / .600 / 1.107 batting line, with 13 runs scored.
In those 30 games, Chris Taylor has the most batting time at 12, replacing when Mookie Betts (six starts at batting first) was injured. Trea Turner took the top spot after arriving at the Dodgers, and it was his first day off with his new team that paved the way for Pollock to make the start on Wednesday.
In addition to the singles in the first inning, Pollock hit a solo homerun in the second, and had another single in the fourth inning.
After each of Pollock’s first two singles, Muncy had a home run, a two-run shot in the first and a three-run job in the fourth. Muncy has three multi-homer games this season, all since the All-Star break, including two in the past four days. After the second home circuit, the crowd at Dodger Stadium even chanted “MVP” a few times for Muncy, a result that made a lot of sense.
“It’s probably one of the coolest moments I’ve had in my career,” Muncy said. “I was a little wild. I had to hold back a smile when I was in the batting box.
“Whenever fans recognize you as a potential MVP, you have to do something right,” said Roberts. “I’m very happy for him.
Muncy’s second home run helped chase Pirates starter JT Brubaker after four innings, continuing a brutal stretch for the right-hander. Brubaker was 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA in his first 10 starts this season. But starting with a loss to the Dodgers in Pittsburgh on June 8 – allowing three runs in 4 ⅔ innings – Brubaker is 0-9 with a 7.08 ERA in 12 starts.
Walk on the plank
The Dodgers have won 16 straight games against the Pirates, dating back to 2018. It’s tied for the club’s longest winning streak against a single opponent since moving to Los Angeles, tying a streak against the Padres in 1973-74 .
At home, the Dodgers were even better against Pittsburgh. They swept the Pirates at Dodger Stadium in 2017, 2018, 2019 and again in 2021, for 12 straight home wins over them.
Home runs: Max Muncy 2 (28), AJ Pollock (15), Corey Seager (6)
WP — Mitch White (1-1): 7⅓ IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP — JT Brubaker (4-13): 4 IP, 8 hits, 7 points, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
The Dodgers are aiming for a seventh straight win Thursday night (7:10 p.m.; SportsNet LA, MLB Network), with another game out of the box in Game 1 of a four-game series with the Mets. Taijuan Walker, who against the Dodgers scored a non-hitting goal in the seventh inning last Saturday, starts for New York.
“It’s all going to be on deck,” Roberts said. “There won’t be any loose guys. “