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It was another close game for the Dodgers on Tuesday. After winning game 1 of the 2 game series, the Dodgers sent Buehler to the mound to seal the series sweep.
Buehler allows only 1 unearned run
The first game saw Bauer earn a win in a tight 3-2 win. Tuesday was almost identical. Buehler was able to 6.2 innings while only giving up 3 hits and walking 1 batter. He allowed 1 runs but it was unearned so his ERA dropped to 2.35 on the year. Even though those numbers are great, he was not terribly efficient.
Buehler had to throw 113 pitches before he was taken out, yet he only had 7 strikeouts. While 7 strikeouts is a lot, 113 pitches is an excessive amount to throw when you only give up 3 hits and 1 walk. Guasman faced the same amount of batters as Buehler, 24, but did so with only 90 pitches. Gausman also walked 5 batters in the process and only gave up 3 hits as well. Yes it was a great night for Buehler, but it was a taxing one as well.
Dodgers are inching their way to first place
With that short series sweep, the Dodgers were able to close the gap to 1.5 games behind the first place Giants. The Padres are winners of 9 out of their last 10 games which helped get them to 3 games behind the Giants. With the All Star Game coming up in a couple of weeks, it will be very interesting to see who is in first place by then.
What will be even more interesting to follow in July will be what moves these teams make. These 3 teams are not only buyers, they are favorites for the World Series. Do any of them make any big moves to solidify their dominance above the rest?