Max Muncy drives in half of the Dodgers’ runs in Game 1 win

first_img“He has a really good ability to control his slider,” Muncy said. “He can throw it just in the zone early in the count and make you think you have a chance at it, and then once he gets ahead of you he can expand off that.“Tonight it just didn’t seem like he had his command and we did a really good job of not chasing balls out of the zone. He gets a lot of chases. And we kind of saw he didn’t have his command, so the biggest thing was try to keyhole him a little bit and we feel like we did a good job of that.”Coincidentally, Muncy also had three RBIs in Game 1 of last year’s NLDS against the Braves. According to Stats LLC, he joined the Cincinnati Reds’ Don Gullett (1975-76) as the only men to begin the postseason with three-RBI games in consecutive seasons.“For Max to stay in there and take good at-bats, and not offer at balls out of the zone and get a pitch that he can handle (was) big,” Roberts said. “Regardless, I just think that the at-bat quality he’s done all year has been unbelievable. So to take that ball the other way for the base hit (in the fourth inning) and just stay in there, he just keeps having good at-bats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Fortuitously for the Dodgers, two of the game’s critical plate appearances fell squarely in Muncy’s lap Thursday. He finished with two hits and three RBIs in the 6-0 win.With two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning, Muncy saw five pitches from Corbin. Only one caught the strike zone, and the Dodgers’ fourth walk of the inning gave them a 1-0 lead.Batting with two outs and the bases loaded again – this time in the seventh inning against veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney – Muncy squared up a 2-and-1 fastball for an RBI single. At 4-0, the game was out of reach, the first win of the series firmly in the Dodgers’ hands.In between, Muncy reached base twice. He singled to lead off the fourth inning against Corbin. In the fifth inning, he pulled a hard ground ball to Nationals first baseman Howie Kendrick. When the ball rolled under Kendrick’s glove and into right field, Cody Bellinger trotted in from third base with an unearned run.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Corbin has limited lefties to a .289 on-base percentage in his career – .260 in this, his seventh major league season. Muncy was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts against Corbin prior to Thursday.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — For Max Muncy, the difference one year can make was spelled out for him on the Dodgers’ lineup card Thursday.In October 2018, Muncy found himself on the bench to begin the World Series. Two left-handed pitchers, Chris Sale and David Price, started Games 1 and 2 for the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers were observing a fairly strict platoon. Muncy, a left-handed hitter, was relegated to the bench.The Nationals started a left-handed pitcher, Patrick Corbin, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Yet there was Muncy, playing second base and batting sixth, in Dave Roberts’ first lineup of October.“He’s earned it,” Roberts said. “Ideally you get a guy that the handedness (of the pitcher) doesn’t matter, and doesn’t affect production, and Max has shown that all year long, the consistent approach and at-bat quality.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img


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