With the time to Opening Day dwindling, Walker Buehler made his third start of the spring in the Dodgers’ 9-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in a seven-inning affair on Friday.
Buehler pitched three innings, allowing two runs and five hits, while also striking out four. The Dodgers fell behind early 2-0 on a two-RBI single by Indians outfielder Eddie Rosario.
David Price pitched in relief of Buehler, throwing three innings himself and looking sharp, only allowing one hit and a walk. Price has looked quite effective this spring, as his overall Spring numbers show nine strikeouts in six innings pitched only allowing one hit.
After falling behind two runs, the Dodgers would pour on with nine unanswered runs of their own.
Max Muncy got the run-scoring party started with a solo homer off Indians right-hander Trevor Stephan in the fifth inning. Next, Zach McKinstry singled on a ground ball back to the pitcher allowing Chris Taylor to slide in just before the tag to make it 2-2.
After a Taylor RBI single, Austin Barnes broke the game open with a three-run home run in the sixth inning, putting the Dodgers up 6-2.
Zach Reks added an RBI single in the seventh, and in his first at-bat of the Spring, Keibert Ruiz hit a two-run double to put up the Dodgers 9-2 as the offense and the rain continued to pour on against the Indians as the game was called.
The Dodgers will get the day off Saturday, but are back at it again on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time.
Julio Urias will get his third start of the Cactus League Sunday.
Also, today was the confirmation of how many fans will be allowed at Dodger Stadium for the upcoming season. Several thousand Dodger fans will be allowed to celebrate the World Series Championship banner with their team. The Dodgers will be allowed to have a 20% seating capacity for the regular season, based on where conditions currently stand.
The Dodgers are currently 28 days away from their home opener against the Washington Nationals, which will be nearly a year and a half since the last time fans were allowed at Dodger Stadium for Game Five of the NLDS.