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.
Stewart threw 1-1/3 total innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk.
First pitch is slated for 1:10 PM Los Angeles time.