The Los Angeles Dodgers, who had struggled at the beginning of the season, returned to a .500 win rate thanks to home runs by rookie outfielder James안전놀이터 Outman and a revived Max Muncy.
The Dodgers won 9-4 in an away game against the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Chicago Cubs held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA on the 23rd (Korean time). With the win, the Dodgers returned to a 11-11, 50% win rate.
The Dodgers recorded a first run, but showed a rather frustrating flow. In the top of the first inning, Mookie Betts and Freddy Freeman hit and doubled, and Muncy walked and loaded the bases safely. However, JD Martinez’ double hit only scored one goal. The one-point lead soon disappeared. The Cubs also created a chance to load the bases safely in the first inning, and scored a run with an infield grounder.
From the second inning, the flow turned to the Dodgers. The Dodgers regained the lead with leadoff hitter James Outman hitting a solo home run. With 1 ball and 2 strikes, Outmae attacked Cubs Hayden Wesneski’s 4th pitch slider and crossed the wall. Season 6 gun. Even in the third at-bat in the fourth inning, Outman attacked the first ball at the opportunity of one out and third base, adding one RBI and a timely hit.
Cubs Eric Hosmer’s timely hit in the 4th inning made it 2-3, but the Dodgers ran away again in the 6th and 7th innings. In the 6th inning, pinch hitter Miguel Vargas hit at the right time, and in the 7th, Muncy widened the lead with a two-runner in the middle of the rain.
The home run hit again in the ninth inning. Muncy fired a solo shot after one out in the ninth inning, and Outman hit a two-run home run to solidify the victory of the day.
The Dodgers, which suffered from a power outage after recording 111 wins last year, are holding out with the performances of Outman and Muncy. The club released Bellinger, the main center fielder from MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 2019, and gave Outman a chance, but Outman is reviving it with a hard hit every day. With his performance on the 23rd, he is recording a batting average of 0.314, 7 homers, 19 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage and slugging percentage) of 1.121. The 7 homers is the most home run record for a rookie in the Dodgers history as of March-April.The resurrection of Muncy is also a great power. Last year, he had a batting average of 0.196, 21 homers, 69 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.713. But this season, he made a perfect comeback with a batting average of 0.256, 10 homers, 19 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.120. His 10 homers tied for the most in the National League with Pete Alonso (New York Mets).