Mookie Betts is officially an LA Dodger.
It’s been slow going for Mookie Betts and the entire Los Angeles Dodgers offense since this strange 2020 season kicked off last week. But sometimes it’s not about how many hits you get, but when they occur.
Tied 1-1 in the top of the 11th inning, Mookie Betts came through with a clutch RBI double to give the Boys in Blue a temporary 2-1 lead over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
While the lead didn’t last long – Carlos Correa tied the game in the bottom of the inning – it was refreshing to see the Dodgers’ newly-minted superstar breaking through with a big hit.
The Dodgers need Mookie Betts to get hot.
Before the clutch at-bat, Betts was hitless on the night and only 5-28 on the young season. The entire Dodgers offense has been in a slumber since scoring 17 runs in the season’s first two games.
Betts’ RBI was the first run Los Angeles had scored since Corey Seager hit a solo home run in the second inning. Overall, the Dodgers have been held scoreless in 25 of their previous 29 innings.
However, a five run outburst on Tuesday and timely hitting on Wednesday helped them sweep the hated Astros.
Edwin Rios proved to be the bigger hero of the night after he hit a two-run bomb to give the Dodgers a final 4-2 lead in the 13th inning.
Before the game, the Dodgers learned reliever Joe Kelly has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 8 games due to his conduct the previous night. Kelly threw several wild pitches at Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa, and then mocked Correa after striking him out, causing both benches to spill onto the field. Kelly is appealing the suspension.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was suspended one game, and he served his penalty on Wednesday, allowing bench coach Bob Geren to manage.
Despite the extended game on Wednesday, everyone’s tempers remained in check.
Astros rookie Christian Javier kept the Los Angeles bats in knots most of the night. In his first major league start, the right-hander surrendered only two hits while striking out 8 and walking only one batter.