The Los Angeles Dodgers had a historic first inning on Wednesday evening, when they scored 11 runs in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The offense jumped on Cardinals’ pitcher Carlos Martinez early, scoring four runs before the first out. Martinez left the game with the bases loaded after only getting two out and allowing seven runs. He was relieved by Jake Woodford, who gave up a grand slam to Cody Bellinger before getting the last out of the frame. Walker Buehler had a double, and that was Bellinger’s first home run of the season.
Eleven runs is the most the Dodgers have scored in any regular season inning since the team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. The Dodgers also scored 11 runs in the first inning of Game 3 of the 2020 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers are jetting across the country on Thursday to start a three game series with those same Braves. In third place in the National League East with a record of 26-28, the Braves have not been immune to all the injuries happening this season, especially in the pitching department. Huascar Ynoa, Mike Soroka and Shane Greene are all on the injured list. Marcell Ozuna, whom the Dodgers were rumored to have been interested in over the winter, is currently facing domestic violence allegations.
For their part, the Dodgers will continue to return to full strength on this road trip. Last week saw the activation of Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry. On Thursday, the team reinstated Jimmy Nelson and AJ Pollock from the IL. In the corresponding move, Edwin Uceta and Alex Vesia have been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. A lineup with Bellinger, McKinstry and Pollock is much more formidable than one with Luke Raley, DJ Peters, and Sheldon Neuse in it.
The starting rotation will also be finally back to five starters soon. Thursday night, Tony Gonsolin will make what is supposed to be his final rehab start for Oklahoma City. The goal for the Catman is about five innings and 70 pitches. If all goes well, he will return to the big club in time for his slot in the rotation.
Brusdar Graterol has been throwing in Oklahoma City also, and could be ready for a return next week. He’s touched 98 mph with his fastball, and has felt good doing so. Once he returns, the Dodgers should be at as much of full strength as they can be, until Corey Seager can return in a month or so.
Also happening in a month is the MLB All-Star Game in Colorado. Voting is open now and the Dodgers have several viable candidates, chief among them being Max Muncy and Chris Taylor. Muncy was named to the NL Team of the Month for May at first base, along with Will Smith at catcher. You can vote here up to five times at mlb.com.
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