Dodgers Rebound Against Diamondbacks in Lopsided 18-5 Victory

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One evening after squandering countless scoring opportunities in a six-hour, 13-inning marathon, the offense of the Dodgers was firing on all cylinders, this time registering an 18-5 victory over the Diamondbacks in the team’s third game of the year.

Batting in the cleanup spot, right fielder Cody Bellinger did the brunt of the damage for Los Angeles, going 4-for-6 with a two homers, two singles and six RBI.

Left fielder Joc Pederson started the fireworks early for the Dodgers in the bottom of the first frame, launching a 1-1 fastball over the left field wall. Pederson reached base in all six of his plate appearances on Saturday evening. Through the first three games of the season, Pederson is hitting .583 and is leading the club with three long balls.

Highlighted by a two-run single to center by third baseman Justin Turner, the Dodgers put up four runs in the bottom of the third inning, stretching the early lead to four runs.

Righty starter Kenta Maeda ate some much-needed innings for his squad, after the team used eight different pitchers in Friday’s 5-4 arduous loss.

Maeda surrendered a leadoff home run to center Jarrod Dyson—just the center fielder’s 15th career long ball over 10 years of big league service. However, Kenta settled down nicely in the innings thereafter, holding Arizona at bay until catcher Alex Avila hooked a solo homer to left field in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth frame, Bellinger jacked a mammoth solo shot to the right field seats—his second of the season—to stretch the lead back to four.

The most productive inning for the Los Angeles offense came in the sixth inning when they scored five more runs, highlighted by a Maeda double and a two-run single to center by Bellinger.

In all, Maeda threw 6-2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six opposing batters.

Arizona right-handed starter Zack Godley took the loss for Arizona, giving up eight total runs—seven earned—on seven hits and two walks over 5-1/3 innings. Matt Koch relieved Godley in the sixth, surrendering three earned runs of his own in just 2/3 of an inning.

To conserve the bullpen, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo turned to catcher John Ryan Murphy in the seventh and eighth frames to eat some innings, which seemingly extended the game by an extra 30 minutes.

In the bottom of the eighth, catcher Austin Barnes connected off Murphy for his second HR of the season, extending the Los Angeles lead to eight.

Coincidentally, Barnes did not hit his second home run of his 2018 campaign until the month of September. The Dodgers put up seven total runs the eighth inning, culminating with Bellinger’s second bomb of the night—a blast to right field that also scored Turner.

Bellinger’s six RBI were a career-high.

Righty Brock Stewart relieved Maeda in the seventh frame. In the eighth, Stewart was tagged for two runs when left fielder David Peralta ripped a homer to center, scoring Dyson.

Stewart threw 1-1/3 total innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk.

Taking a page from Lovullo’s strategy of conserving his bullpen, skipper Dave Roberts turned to catcher Russell Martin, who impressively threw a perfect ninth inning.

The four-game opening series concludes on Sunday afternoon as the Dodgers will send young right-hander Walker Buehler to the mound to the mound to square-off against Arizona righty Luke Weaver.

First pitch is slated for 1:10 PM Los Angeles time.

 

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23 thoughts on “Dodgers Rebound Against Diamondbacks in Lopsided 18-5 Victory

      1. Gonna be a weird season guys. Martin has pitched better than Stewart. Stewart has hit better than Taylor (who doesn’t have a hit yet, while Stewart doubled tonight).

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  1. I realize it will never last, but I’m really thrilled for Barnes and how his season has started. I hope this gives him the confidence to have a normal Barnes-type year rather than what he had in 2017. Right now he looks like JD Martinez. Also, I’m sitting here raising my hand very high and admitting that I’m one of those who was lobbying for a Joc trade all winter long. I sincerely hope he continues to make me look like an idiot.

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  2. I too traded Joc – to Cleveland. For Kluber. Or Bauer. Both went 7 their first time out.

    It’s Arizona. We’ll beat these weaker clubs most of the time. That’s why we are projected to win the pennant again folks. In 3 games we already have a League leading +19 RDIFF. Yoiks. No team is close to that.

    Reports this morning about Kershaw are positive. Of course they are. Brenly, up in the press box I think, could hear him barking. Rehab start on Thursday. Sure hope it goes well. I think it’s going to be like this for the next 3 years.

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    1. If things go well, Kershaw might get 25 starts this year. The math tells me that is $1,240,000 per start. That’s a lot of money for rehab.

      Hmm. Kershaw gets paid to go to rehab. Add that to the list of privileges millionaires get.

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  3. Joc can easily hit 40 HR this year. I think he’s due for a breakout. I was always confident Barnes would be great. He has way too good of a batters eye to have another year like last year.

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      1. Shut your mouth with that nonsense talk of 40! I’ve still got plenty of good years in me before I take that plunge. I’m 33 today, 21 seems like just yesterday. Time flies man.

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  4. Who’s the idiot who said we have to trade for Realmuto and Castellanos this winter. I think bear referred to him as buuco and moron!

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  5. One ace in rehab the other can’t get past 3 innings. I don’t think the staff is quite ready yet. That’s ok. They’ll peak in September.

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      1. I’ve been saying that since last year Dennis. They need to lock Ryu up while we can still get him for a reasonable price.

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      2. You sure you wanna do that? He’s coming off 4.2, 126 and 82 inning years. Maybe wait for a few weeks….?

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      3. I’m sure. I would gladly hand him a 3 year $50 mil contract right now to keep him from hitting the open market where he will get $80 million.

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  6. I’d call that one a throw up Rich.

    Taylor may be playing himself out of a job. He’s pressing, swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. The Dbacks have done that and clobbered a couple. Taylor can’t seem to make contact.

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