LOS ANGELES (AP) — After every unusual thing that had already happened between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks this week, two catchers taking the mound wasnt even the height of wackiness for this weird series.
Theres nothing weird about the Dodgers prolific offense, which shook off the disappointment of a 13-inning loss and just kept pounding away.
Cody Bellinger hit two homers and drove in a career high-tying six runs, Justin Turner added five RBIs and Los Angeles rebounded splendidly from that early-morning defeat with an 18-5 victory over Arizona on Saturday night.
Bellinger had four hits and Joc Pederson had three after leading off the game with his third homer for the Dodgers, who got 19 hits from 11 players. The two-time defending NL champions have scored 34 runs in their first three games, hitting 13 homers and looking like a powerhouse even before April begins.
“Its tough to navigate our lineup,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
These NL West rivals seasons are just three games old, but theyve already been extraordinarily eventful. The Dodgers set a franchise single-game record by hitting eight homers Thursday to win on opening day, but they stranded 17 runners Friday night while losing the longest regular season game in Dodger Stadium history, a 365-minute affair.
By comparison, this win was a fairly ordinary blowout — except for the two catchers making their big league pitching debuts in the late innings.
Dodgers backup Russell Martin also made his first pitching appearance, closing it out with a perfect ninth inning on 10 pitches.
“It would have been really, really hard to blow that lead,” the 36-year-old Martin said. “It was weird going toward the catcher (after the final out). Ive never had that happen before.”
Zack Godley (0-1) had the Diamondbacks third straight disappointing start, but he stayed in even after eight consecutive Dodgers reached base in the third. Manager Torey Lovullo didnt have many other options.
“Its got to get better, theres no other way to look at it,” Lovullo said of his starting pitching. “We depend on the starters, and theyve just got off to a slow start. We havent quite hit our stride on the mound.”
Both managers let their starters go long in a bid to save their bullpens, and Kenta Maeda (1-0) gave the Dodgers 6 2/3 innings of five-hit ball in the third straight excellent start by Los Angeles rotation. Maeda even chased Godley in the sixth with a bloop double over the head of a badly fooled Peralta in left.
Godley yielded eight hits and seven earned runs while pitching into the sixth, but he lamented his throwing error early in the Dodgers big third inning.
“That inning is the big thing for me,” Godley said. “Ive got to be able to minimize it a little bit more, and cut it down from four runs to maybe one or two.”
Jones homer in the seventh was his second in three games wiRead More – Source