FREDDIE FREEMAN AND J.D. MARTINEZ COME TO THE RESCUE AS ALEX VESIA SECURES A WIN FOR THE DODGERS.docx
1. FREDDIE FREEMAN AND J.D. MARTINEZ COME TO THE RESCUE AS ALEX VESIA
SECURES A WIN FOR THE DODGERS
The Dodgers secured a convincing 9-3 victory over the Washington Nationals, highlighted by
J.D. Martinez's two-run home run in the seventh inning and a productive three-run inning in
the eighth. However, the game took a tense turn in the top of the seventh when reliever Alex
Vesia nearly squandered the Dodgers' three-run lead, drawing boos from the crowd of
46,571 at Dodger Stadium.
Starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin delivered a solid performance, allowing only one run and
three hits in six innings. He handed the ball to Vesia with a 4-1 lead to start the seventh.
Vesia, who had recently been demoted to triple-A but was recalled for this game, had
struggled earlier in the season but showed improvement in his recent performances.
Unfortunately, Vesia encountered difficulties against the Nationals. Keibert Ruiz hit a home
run off his first pitch, narrowing the Dodgers' lead to 4-2. Vesia managed to strike out CJ
Abrams and induce a groundout from Ildemaro Vargas, but Lane Thomas doubled and
scored on Luis Garcia's single, making it a one-run game at 4-3. With two runners on base,
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts brought in closer Evan Phillips, who got Joey Meneses to
ground out and end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Martinez provided some breathing room with a two-run home
run, extending the Dodgers' lead to 6-3. Phillips then retired the Nationals in order in the
eighth inning. The Dodgers capitalized on a hit batter, a Nationals error, a wild pitch, an
infield single, and a double play, adding three more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Freddie
2. Freeman contributed to the offensive surge with a solo homer, extending his hitting streak to
Speaking after the game, Freeman praised the team's resilience, noting their ability to
respond to the Nationals' runs by continuing to grind and battle in every at-bat. The Dodgers
have maintained a competitive spirit throughout recent weeks, and Freeman highlighted their
determination to make a game of any situation.
Freeman and Martinez have been leading the charge with their impressive hitting
performances. Freeman has been on a hot streak, batting .455 (35 for 77) with five home
runs, 12 doubles, 21 RBIs, and 18 runs during his 19-game hitting streak. His strong
performance has boosted his season average to .344 with a 1.005 OPS.
Martinez, who recently returned from a lower-back injury, has also been swinging a hot bat.
He is batting .310 (22 for 71) with eight home runs, four doubles, and 24 RBIs in the 17
games since his return. His season average now stands at .277 with a .922 OPS.
Freeman acknowledged the importance of keeping things simple and sticking to his
approach at the plate. He recognizes that hitting streaks like this don't usually last long, so
he's focused on making the most of it while it lasts.
Martinez expressed that he is in a good rhythm at the plate and benefiting from the strong
production throughout the lineup. Contributions from players like Jason Heyward, Mookie
Betts, Freeman, and Max Muncy have made the lineup potent. Martinez highlighted the fact
that multiple players have the ability to step up and contribute on any given night, which
takes the pressure off everyone else.
Despite not having his best stuff, Gonsolin delivered a gritty performance on the mound. He
may not have been overpowering, generating only four swinging strikes and allowing several
hard-hit balls, but he managed to retire the last 11 batters he faced. Gonsolin credited his
defense for keeping him in the game, with notable plays from David Peralta, Freeman, and
In other news, Daniel Hudson, who has yet to pitch this season, completed a bullpen
workout at Dodger Stadium before the game.