The Dodgers hit extra dwelling runs in 2020 than any main league group. All 118 of them landed over the fence.
Three video games and 110 at-bats into the brand new season, a Dodger hitter lastly cleared the fence Saturday. Poor Zach McKinstry couldn’t trot leisurely across the Coors Discipline basepaths, nonetheless. Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia leaped on the fence, caught McKinstry’s fly ball within the webbing of his glove, and yanked the baseball again onto the sphere of play.
Sadly for Tapia, he acted as if the ball eluded him, slouching in a heap because the ball rolled away from him on the warning monitor. McKinstry wasn’t fooled. He by no means stopped operating en path to an inside-the-park dwelling run ― the primary of his profession and the pivotal hit within the Dodgers’ 6-5 win.
Corey Seager led the Dodgers’ 12-hit assault with a 3-for-4 efficiency. With two outs within the eighth inning and Gavin Lux on first base, Rockies pitcher Mychal Givens walked Seager and pitched much less rigorously to the following batter, Chris Taylor. Taylor’s double scored Lux with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Colorado received to Victor Gonzalez for a run within the backside of the eighth inning, however Kenley Jansen received the ultimate 5 outs to report the save.
Dodgers starter Walker Buehler allowed 4 hits in six innings, didn’t stroll a batter and struck out 4. A solo dwelling run by Raimel Tapia received the Rockies on the board within the third inning. An opposite-field double by Ryan McMahon drove in one other run within the fourth. After 5 innings, the Dodgers trailed 2-0 and had solely three baserunners of their very own.
Rockies pitcher Jon Grey entered the sport with a monitor report of success towards the Dodgers at Coors Discipline ― 4-1 with a 3.48 earned-run common in his profession, together with wins in every of his final two begins. He was masterful once more Saturday, pairing a 97-mph fastball with very good command. Solely his physique failed him.
Seager led off the sixth inning with a double, the Dodgers’ fourth hit ― and first extra-base hit ― of the sport. Grey was shortly visited by an athletic coach and faraway from the sport. The Rockies mentioned the right-hander suffered from “full physique cramping.”
Proper-hander Yency Almonte took over, and the pitcher’s duel was over. A standard Coors Discipline recreation had begun.
With two outs, Max Muncy punched a single previous third baseman Josh Fuentes, who was shifted into the normal shortstop gap. Seager scored the Dodgers’ first run, narrowing their deficit to 2-1. AJ Pollock, who flailed at two-strike sliders to finish each his at-bats towards Grey, singled to maintain the inning alive. Almonte then hit Edwin Rios with a 95-mph fastball to load the bases.
Austin Barnes was searching for his first RBI of the season when Almonte hung a 1-and-1 slider over the plate. Barnes punched a single into left area, and Muncy and Pollock scored to place the Dodgers forward 3-2.
Within the seventh inning, Lux smoked a triple into the right-field nook towards right-hander Tyler Kinley, then scored on a single by Seager. The Dodgers led 4-2.
Proper-hander Blake Treinen (1-0), making his first look of 2021, relieved Buehler within the backside of the seventh inning. Treinen didn’t permit a house run till his twenty fifth recreation final season, however he started the brand new season by strolling C.J. Cron and surrendering a two-run dwelling run to Fuentes. The sport was tied 4-4.