Thursday’s opening game against the Reds was just a small sample size of how dangerous the Dodger lineup can truly be. The Dodgers put up three runs in the first inning off of Cincinnati opener Luis Cessa. The Reds clawed their way back into the game to tie at three until the Dodgers put up a six spot in the bottom of the eighth to grab the 9-3 home opening win.
Freddie Freeman, making his Dodgers home debut, got the eighth started with a ground rule double to begin the monster inning. Freeman was later met with loud chants of “FREDDIE” throughout Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers overall posted 14 hits on the night, and all starters with the exception of Hanser Alberto recorded a hit.
Walker Buehler also made his home debut with the only runs he gave up coming via Aristedes Aquino two-run home run. Buehler went 5 ⅔ innings, giving up two runs on five hits and walking four in what was only his second start of the season.
Buehler was relieved after 98 pitches for those who are wondering.
The second game of the four game set will continue Friday. Getting the nod for Los Angeles is Tony Gonsolin, who will make his second start of the season. Gonsolin started the second game of the season for the Dodgers pitching three innings followed by left hander Tyler Anderson pitching four innings. Anderson is expected to pitch in some sort of capacity after Gonsolin.
The Dodgers will face right hander Vladimir Gutierrez. So far, he’s posted a 4.72 ERA over his two-year MLB career. He’s made one start this year, going 4 ⅓ innings and allowing two runs on six hits against the Braves.
The Dodgers will then send Julio Urias to the mound on Saturday, and Sunday will see Andrew Heaney start. They will face right hander Hunter Greene, who is a Los Angeles native and one of the exciting prospects in the big leagues, and then close out Sunday against right hander Tyler Mahle.
Friday’s game also won’t be on Spectrum Sportsnet. Instead, it is an Apple TV exclusive and part of the new plan that MLB has implemented for select Friday night games.
As of now, there is no subscription needed — you’ll just need to have an Apple ID and open the game from the MLB At-Bat app.
First pitch is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.