Coming into the 2020 MLB season, many people would have considered the Los Angeles Dodgers one of the favorites to win the World Series. Not so many would have said the same for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But on Thursday, the two teams had something in common as each won both games of their respective doubleheaders. The Dodgers increased their overall record to 24-9 after recording a pair of shutout wins over the San Francisco Giants (7-0 and 2-0). Clayton Kershaw pitched a lights-out game in the first, allowing just four hits and no walks in six strong innings.
Small ball helped them build their lead. In the second game, they got a ton of help from Joc Pederson in obtaining the victory. He homered in the second and scored off a double in the fourth, playing a big role in scoring both runs. Meanwhile, the struggling Pirates restored a bit of pride on the day by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 and 2-0 to move their miserable record up to 9-19 thus far. They had to go to ‘extras’ to win but did lead 4-1 before narrowly hanging on as the Cards attempted a rally in the bottom of the eighth. The later win was keyed by some fine pitching from Cody Ponce and a pair of third-inning singles that drove in runs via Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier. The losses saw the Cardinals fall to an even 11-11 thus far.