On May 16th, J.T. Realmuto provided the winning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting a hit against them in a 22nd contest. He had never gone hitless against the Trolley Dodgers previously.
Brian Anderson opened the hit parade in the bottom of the first on an RBI-single into center field, then Starlin Castro added one in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Yasmani Grandal got one of those back in the fourth with his seventh round-tripper of the campaign.
The fifth inning would see Justin Bour connect for a two-run tater, and Miguel Rojas add one on a sacrifice fly for a 5-1 lead. Pretty good right?
Enter Junichi Tazawa. In just a third of an inning, Tazawa surrendered three runs, on a Joc Pederson double, a Grandal RBI-single, and a Cody Bellinger double. Drew Steckenrider came in to clean up, but allowed two inherited runners to score, both credited to Tazawa.
Realmuto dealt the killing stroke in the bottom of the sixth with his sixth homer of the season for a 6-5 lead. Steckenrider, Kyle Barraclough, and Brad Ziegler finished the last three frames without incident, and sent the home fans home happy.
"I think there is a little psychological [edge], every time you face that team, they look at you as a guy who can really swing the bat. Another team may look at him differently because they’ve got him out. They don’t have the same thought process. – Mattingly on Realmuto, quoted by Joe Frisaro on MLB.COM"