The first event was unprecedented. The second was unfathomable.
Utility player Tucupita Marcano scored two home runs Giulio Uria‘Badly placed four-stitch Fastball in the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, giving the Pirates of Pittsburgh a starting advantage of four runs.
Just like he did Monday night against Walker Buehler. Second inning. Poorly placed four-stitch fastball. That three-point home run gave Pittsburgh a head start.
The home runs were the first of Marcano’s career in the league.
And they both led to frustration tax evaders losses, this one from a score 5-3. Marcano’s home run followed a Michael Chavis two-point shot in the first inning, and the Pirates capped off the scoring with a point in the ninth.
“We didn’t know what to expect [Marcano]” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts She said. “Clearly, he’s on the fastball.”
The cheeky Pirates, whose $ 60 million salary is only 28% of the Dodgers’ $ 263.5 million figure, frustrated Buehler and Urías so much that they both threw the gloves.
Buehler threw his against the wad on the Dodgers bench after Marcano’s three-point home run on Monday, and Urìas threw his in the air on the pitch after the slowpoke Pirates catcher and the UCLA product. Tyler Heineman bunted for a single to start the fourth inning on Tuesday.
Bucs’ first outbursts dampened what began as a festive evening for the 52,686 sold-out spectators of Dodger Stadium with Uria’s bobbleheads distributed and the high-level mariachi band Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéller with singer Lupita Infante playing between a innings and the other on the video screen.
The Dodgers only took four hits against starter Mitch Keller and four rescuers. Trea Turner – whose streak is now 23 games and who has scored in 87 of his 100 games as the Dodger – he scored a two-point home run in the third inning, but that was the only harm against Keller, who entered with a 1- 5 record and 6.05 ERA.
The Dodgers quickly put the runners in first and third place against rescuer Tyler Beede in sixth, and Justin Turner scored on a strike-three pass that reduced the lead to 4-3, but with two eliminated. Betting for beginners popped
Betts ended a historic May that included 12 home runs and 10 doubles – the 22 extra base hits are a Dodgers record – with a whine. Betts scored 31 points and led 27 during the month and beat .426 in the past two weeks, but on Tuesday he went 0 for 4.
Roberts said Betts is playing even better than when he brought the Dodgers to theirs 2020 World Series title.
“When a guy swings the bat like him, every borderline call goes his way, every soft touch goes his way, but then he’s also squaring a lot of balls,” Roberts said.
Except that Betts and the rest of the Dodgers didn’t hit as well as the unknown Marcano and the rest of the Pirates for the second consecutive night.
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Roberts turned 50 on Tuesday and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to him minutes before the game. He planned to celebrate later with his wife, Tricia, son Cole and daughter Emme, all in attendance.
“I have a child [Cole] in college and a child [Emme] going to college and having everyone here is special, “she said.” Days like this with all of them are numbered. It won’t happen very often moving forward.
“I have a lot to be thankful for and I think my best years are ahead of me.”
He has already had some excellent years. Roberts boasts the highest win rate of any manager in major league history at .625. His detractors of him are quick to point out the top talent of the Dodgers since he took the helm in 2015.
This is undeniable. But the same is true for any manager with a win percentage significantly above 0,500. Joe McCarthy is second to Roberts with .615 and manages the New York Yankees from 1931 to 1946.
The numbers suggest that a major league manager is as good as his roster. Look no further than the career of Hall of Fame Joe Torre as proof. His teams have recorded winning records in five of his first 14 seasons with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. Only his 1982 Braves made it to the playoffs and were wiped out in the first round.
Torre was named manager of the talented Yankees in 1996 and immediately had a winning touch. The Yankees have won four World Series in his first five seasons and at least 92 games each season except one in his 12 with the team. Torre ended his career with three seasons as manager of the Dodgers but it didn’t take them to the World Series.
Roberts obviously got into a plum position with the Dodgers and won five division titlesthree National League pennants and the 2020 World Series title. He’s well on his way to the Hall of Fame if he stays with the Dodgers and they continue to replenish their roster with talent.
Cody Bellinger missed his second consecutive game due to a strained abduction tendon. Roberts said he expected Bellinger to play on Wednesday. … Beginners Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney will begin rehab assignments this weekend. Heaney will make two or three triple A starts from Oklahoma City before returning to the Dodgers. Kershaw may only need a rehab start before being activated. … Max Muncy it’s on the casualty list primarily as a way for the struggling extension to stop and reset. He took ground balls before games. “We’re really at peace with letting him drive up to how he feels,” Roberts said. “Obviously, the longer he is away from playing with us, the more an option a [minor league rehab assignment] it’s before I come back. ‘