In the final few days leading up to their Cactus League opener against San Francisco, it looked very much like the Dodgers would need to wait until Sunday to kick their spring off against the Cubs.
Some forecasts for Scottsdale and the surrounding areas on Friday showed a 100% chance of rain all day with the possibility of flash flooding.
However, both the weather and baseball gods were on the same page on Saturday, as the weather eventually cleared enough to allow both teams to play a nine-inning contest, despite a lengthy delay.
Once all the dust settled on the field at Scottsdale Stadium, the Dodgers found themselves walking away with a 10-4 victory over their NL West division foes.
Second baseman Max Muncy led the way offensively for the Dodgers by going 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, including a solo homer to right-center field that stretched the Los Angeles lead to three in the top of the third frame. Two innings prior, it was Muncy’s single to right that plated Chris Taylor to open up the scoring.
The Dodgers ended up scoring twice in the first. Both runs were unearned as the result of some very poor San Francisco fielding.
In all, three players went deep for the Dodgers. Left fielder Enrique Hernandez connected on a two-run shot to dead center in the third that also scored center fielder Cody Bellinger. Taylor launched a solo shot to right field in the fourth inning, stretching the Los Angeles lead to five.
The Dodgers used nine different pitchers on Saturday. Five of those pitchers—Tony Gonsolin, Dennis Santana, Marshall Kasowski, Reymin Guduan and Joe Broussard—were all perfect in their respective outings.
Gonsolin started the game, recorded all three outs in the first, and picked up the victory.
Broussard registered the final four outs of the game while notching the save. He struck out a total of three San Francisco batters.
Starting right-hander Dereck Rodriguez was credited with the loss for the Giants.
Lefty Alex Wood is scheduled to get the start in Sunday’s contest at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.
First pitch is slated for 12:05 p.m. Los Angeles time.