They’d already completed it to Max Fried and Yu Darvish, Logan Webb and Carlos Rodón.
On Tuesday evening, they added Corbin Burnes to the record.
Going through this yr’s juggernaut of a Dodgers lineup will be exhausting sufficient. Doing it a number of occasions has seemingly bordered on the unimaginable.
Burnes discovered the exhausting manner Tuesday, turning into the most recent pitcher not solely to regress in his second begin in opposition to the Dodgers, however to take action mightily, giving up seven runs in 3 ⅔ innings within the Dodgers’ 10-1 blowout win in entrance of a sold-out dwelling crowd.
“He’s still one of the game’s best,” supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “To get to Corbin like we did tonight shows how good we can be against the game’s best.”
5 days earlier, Burnes helped the Brewers beat the Dodgers in Milwaukee. The reigning NL Cy Younger Award winner shut them out by means of 5 innings and, regardless of giving up three runs within the sixth, nonetheless restricted the injury sufficient to earn the win.
Tuesday was a unique story.
Within the first inning, the right-hander gave up a leadoff double to Mookie Betts and an RBI single to Freddie Freeman.
He walked two batters within the second inning earlier than serving a down-the-middle cutter to Trayce Thompson, who promptly deposited it into the left-field pavilion for a three-run homer.
And after a scoreless third, Burnes’ evening unraveled for good within the fourth.
Chris Taylor reached on an infield single and stole second. Thompson drove him in with a base hit to left. Betts swung by means of strike three for what ought to have been the ultimate out, however was in a position to attain first safely after a wild pitch bounced away from the catcher.
Then, Trea Turner delivered the knockout blow, touchdown an RBI single in middle to make it 6-0.
Even after Burnes exited, he was charged with yet one more run, courtesy of one other Freeman RBI single in opposition to reliever Brent Suter.
The seven runs marked essentially the most Burnes had given up since 2019.
He additionally grew to become the second star pitcher this week to fail to finish 4 innings at Dodger Stadium, after Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara additionally managed simply 3 ⅔ innings in his worst begin of the season Sunday.
“I’ve talked a lot this year about, the team offense has been considerably better over the last two and a half, three months,” Roberts stated. “It’s just a compilation of good information, good presentation and good execution from everyone.”
Tuesday additional emphasised one of the vital spectacular traits for Dodgers (85-37) this season, too.
Up to now this yr, the group has confronted 24 completely different opposing beginning pitchers a number of occasions.
Of their first assembly with the Dodgers, these pitchers have a mixed 4.11 ERA, and the Dodgers are simply 15-9 in these video games.
However in each subsequent outing — corresponding to Burnes’ on Tuesday, which got here simply 5 days after he’d confronted the Dodgers in Milwaukee — these pitchers have a mixed 7.55 ERA, resulting in a 26-7 mark for the Dodgers.
“[When] you know a guy, you know what they’re gonna bring, you know their strengths and how they’re gonna attack you,” stated Roberts, whose personal starter, Tony Gonsolin, averted such a pitfall by giving up only one run in 5 innings his second time dealing with the Brewers (65-57) in every week.
“I think for us,” Roberts continued, “that sometimes bodes better.”
His first baseman agreed.
Freeman stated the Dodgers took a extra aggressive method in opposition to Burnes on Tuesday than they did final week — one thing that was emphasised of their each day pregame hitters’ assembly, and bolstered as clips of Burnes’ prior begin in opposition to them flashed throughout the batting cage TVs.
Certainly, Betts’ leadoff double got here on the second pitch of his at-bat. Freeman’s RBI knock got here on the third.
Thompson was extra affected person on his dwelling run — the spotlight of a two-for-three, four-RBI evening that spearheaded the Dodgers offense — hitting it in a 2-and-2 rely.
However then he and Turner went again on the assault within the fourth, with Thompson scorching a single on a 3-and-0 pitch and Turner knocking Burnes by dumping a first-pitch curveball into middle discipline.
“That was our plan today, to attack and attack early,” Freeman stated. “And it worked out for us.”
Actually, most groups carry out higher in opposition to pitchers the extra they see them. Hitters change into extra conversant in an opponent’s method, arm angles and motion of pitches. They’ve expertise to attract upon, previous failures to study from.
However the Dodgers this yr are nearly making it appear to be a science.
Fried pitched seven shutout innings in his first assembly with the Dodgers this yr, then gave up two runs in 6 ⅔ innings the following. Darvish spun six scoreless in his first matchup this yr, however has given up seven runs in 12 innings over two begins since.
Rodón managed two good begins in opposition to the Dodgers (six innings, two runs and 6 innings, no runs) earlier than they scored 5 in simply 5 innings in opposition to him final time.
Merrill Kelly is maybe essentially the most obtrusive instance, going from a six-inning, three-run efficiency in April to a two-inning, eight-run clunker three weeks later.
“I always think I’m a little more comfortable the second time I face a guy,” stated Chris Taylor, one among 4 Dodgers on Tuesday who had a number of hits. “You just kind of know what to expect.”
Doing it in opposition to Burnes, within the span of lower than every week no much less, is likely to be essentially the most promising signal.
It’s the kind of factor the Dodgers might want to do in October, once they might face opposing aces twice in a playoff sequence — the form of game-to-game development that is likely to be needed of their pursuit of a championship.
“Those are the guys we’re gonna be facing if you’re gonna want to win a World Series,” Freeman stated. “It was a good test for us.”
And, as they’ve been doing all season, one the Dodgers handed with flying colours as soon as once more.