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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick & Prediction MAY 11TH 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: SNLA | ATTP
Logo Los Angeles Dodgers
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Logo Pittsburgh Pirates
-167
OPENNER
8.5

-1.5 -125
CURRENT
8.5o -110

-181
MONEYLINE
+171

3
SCORE
5

When the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates take the field Wednesday to decide their three-game series, it's easy to envision anything happening.

After all, the first two games of the set were about as divergent as possible.

On Monday, the Pirates, sitting near the bottom of the National League, pounded out 15 hits and stymied the first-place Dodgers, who were held to four hits and barely squeaked out a run in the ninth inning in a 5-1 game.

If that was a role reversal, then Tuesday could be called true to form.

Los Angeles had a season-high 10 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, and held Pittsburgh to four hits in an 11-1 romp.

"There's no free outs in their lineup," said Pirates pitcher Bryse Wilson, who took the loss on Tuesday. "That's what makes them so good."

The Dodgers had won six straight before the Monday loss, and they were determined to bounce back.

"Different from (Monday), and just good to see guys break out," Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said, adding that overall his team has been stellar on offense even if sometimes the results haven't followed.

"I really feel that we're controlling the zone as well as anyone. We're taking walks. We're having hard contact. And a lot of times we're just not getting rewarded. But I think that our ability to create traffic and get on base allows for us to score runs every night."

Before Monday, the Dodgers had beaten the Pirates 16 straight times. In those 16 games, they amassed 111 runs while holding Pittsburgh to 46 runs. Los Angeles is 24-3 against the Pirates since 2017.

Thus Monday's game seems like the outlier, pending Wednesday's outcome.

In the series finale, Los Angeles right-hander Ryan Pepiot will make his major league debut, facing Pittsburgh left-hander Dillon Peters (3-1, 2.16 ERA).

Pepiot, 24, will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start, Roberts confirmed before the Tuesday game after widespread speculation.

"I know he's got some family in town," Roberts said. "He's earned it. It's an exciting time for his family, for himself, the Dodgers. We look forward to it."

Selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2019 draft, Pepiot made it to Triple-A last year.

This season for Oklahoma City, Pepiot has a 2.05 ERA in six starts, with 36 strikeouts and 12 walks in 26 1/3 innings. Pepiot, the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the month for April, gave up two runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings against Albuquerque on Friday.

Los Angeles left-hander Robbie Erlin also had been a possibility for the start Wednesday, but he ended up pitching on Monday.

As for Pepiot's leash, Roberts said, "That's contingent on performance."

Peters, meanwhile, almost assuredly will be used as an opener, especially since he just pitched Sunday -- when he did not record an out in a relief appearance and gave up four runs and one hit and three walks in Pittsburgh's 7-3 loss at Cincinnati.

It was not only his first loss this season but also the first runs Peters has allowed. Among the problems was a bases-loaded walk.

"I didn't throw strikes, didn't get ahead, and I walked three guys in a row and walked a run in," a frustrated Peters said. "Simple as that."

Of Peters' nine appearances this year, two have been starts.

Peters has faced the Dodgers once in his career, a 2018 no-decision when he gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Los Angeles Dodgers
5
3
Pittsburgh Pirates

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Recap MAY 11TH 2022

Daniel Vogelbach's tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning Wednesday helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 win over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and a series win.

Josh VanMeter added two-run homer and tripled and scored, and Jack Suwinski hit a solo homer for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh starter Dillon Peters, making his 10th appearance and third start, was essentially used as an opener. He cruised through three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out two with no walks.

Wil Crowe (2-2) pitched two-thirds of an inning with no runs and no hits in the seventh.

David Bednar struck out three during a six-out save, his fifth.

Edwin Rios hit a three-run double for the Dodgers.

Los Angeles starter Ryan Pepiot, making his major league debut, struggled some with command, walking five and hitting one batter in three innings. Still, he got through the scoreless outing with one hit and three strikeouts.

Daniel Hudson (1-2) gave up one run and three hits in the seventh.

Through 5 1/2 scoreless innings, the teams combined for six hits, two by Pittsburgh, against five pitchers.

Los Angeles reliever Tommy Kahnle entered in the bottom of the sixth, and things changed.

Suwinski led off against Kahnle with his second homer, to right, to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. Kahnle hit Diego Castillo, and VanMeter hit his second homer, also to right, to push it to 3-0.

That marked the first time this year the Dodgers have yielded multiple homers in one inning.

Los Angeles responded in the seventh. Against reliever Chris Stratton, Justin Turner walked and went to third when Cody Bellinger reached on an error as VanMeter at second got handcuffed by a grounder. Chris Taylor walked to load the bases. Rios drove in all three with a double to right-center to tie it 3-3.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Vogelbach sent his fifth homer to right off Daniel Hudson to put Pittsburgh back on top 4-3.

VanMeter tripled and scored on Ben Gamel's grounder in the eighth to make it 5-3.

--Field Level Media

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