Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers' offense continues to thrive late in games and against right-handed pitching


The two coalesced in Monday's win, as the Dodgers hung six runs on right-handed Mariners starter Justin Dunn before excelling against another right-hander in Magill, who previously hadn’t been scored on in any of his eight innings this season.


Corey Seager led off the decisive seventh with a grounder that sneaked through the infield, Justin Turner took advantage of an uncaught popup in foul ground by lining a base hit up the middle, and Cody Bellinger walked to load the bases.


From there, AJ Pollock drove in one run with a single, Max Muncy drew a walk to force home another and Joc Pederson grounded into a run-scoring double-play with the bases still loaded to give the Dodgers the lead.


Mariners relief pitcher Matt Magill is pulled from the game by manager Scott Servais, left, after giving up a two-run home run to Kiké Hernandez.


Late-game offense long has been a strength of the Dodgers, especially after they won 12 games via walk-off last season, a byproduct perhaps best explained by their confidence in clutch situations.


The differences between facing right-handers and left-handers — the Dodgers are far less effective against southpaws, with a .210 average that ranks 27th in the majors— is even more surprising, particularly because many of the team’s best hitters this year (notably Mookie Betts, Turner and Pollock) swing from the right side.






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