The Los Angeles Dodgers won their first game of their nine game road trip Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The offense appeared to make a resurgence, scoring eight runs and spreading the scoring out throughout the game, capping it with a four run eighth inning.
They scored in multiple ways also, with a home run off the bat of Will Smith, and a manufactured run in which Eddy Alvarez bunted Justin Turner from second to third, and JT scoring on a sacrifice fly by Gavin Lux. Freddie Freeman knocked in most of the runs, with a bases clearing double and triple.
Whether the offense is finally starting to right itself remains to be seen. We have seen the Dodgers offense have outbursts, and then go back into hibernation. But the variety of ways the offense worked in Tuesday’s game was encouraging.
Tony Gonsolin continued his dominant season. He did allow two solo home runs, but little else. He still leads the majors in ERA, although just barely over Joe Musgrove. He improved to 9–0 on the season.
The Dodgers bench will see another new addition, at least for a few days. With Hanser Alberto going on the paternity leave list, the Dodgers are expected to promote Stefen Romero from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The 33 year old has been playing in Japan for the last five years, and was a non-roster invite to Spring Training this season. Romero was hitting .270 with three homers in 24 games in OKC. The right handed hitter has seen time in both right and left fields, as well as at designated hitter. He has previously played 94 games in the major leagues while with the Seattle Mariners from 2014-2016.
In the corresponding move, Edwin Ríos has been moved to the 60-day IL. Rios is dealing with a right hamstring strain. The earliest he can return is August 2nd.
In an interesting development, Miguel Vargas will be starting in left field in OKC on Wednesday evening. The highly regarded prospect has mostly been playing at third base, but with the injuries with outfielders in the majors, the team seems to be testing him playing another position in a possible future promotion. Stay tuned.
There was a scoring change in Tyler Anderson’s last outing. Jared Walsh has now been credited with a hit in his seventh inning at-bat against Anderson. Anderson at that point had thought he was taking a no-hitter into the ninth. He subsequently lost it that inning, after 123 pitches. Manager Dave Roberts quipped “I wish I would have known that then!” Anderson will start for the Dodgers Wednesday night.