Friday, April 16, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
The most anticipated game for all Dodger fans and Padre fans did not disappoint. In twelve innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed over the upstart San Diego Padres 11-to-6.
Before the game, the Dodgers received some bad news. Unlike the Padres, the Dodgers entered into the series with San Diego weakened. Just before the game, the Padres activated Fernando Tatis, Jr., who had a partially separated shoulder, from the ten-day IL, and he had a solo home run and a costly error.
On April 5th, Cody Bellinger got spiked on the lower calf. Since then, he has not played, and on April 9th, the Dodgers put him on the ten-day IL. Bellinger has not progressed the way that the team thought he should, so they had another scan. The second scan revealed a small hairline fracture in his fibula. There is no timetable for Bellinger’s return.
The Dodgers had other injuries that have affected their lineup. AJ Pollock has a tight groin, and he is day-to-day. Gavin Lux has a sore wrist that affects his batting, and he is day-to-day. Since the Dodgers have so much depth, they do not miss these players.
When the Padres acquired Yu Darvish and Blake Snell and made Tatis, Jr., the richest shortstop in baseball history, most baseball fans and reporters looked forward to the new rivalry. All the Dodgers claimed that the games against the Padres were ordinary, but they appeared nervous while the pitchers overthrew many pitches and the infielders committed errors because they were rushing.
This game featured everything that baseball fans love. Dodger rookie outfielder Luke Raley blasted his first Major League home run. The score was seesawed until the top of the twelfth inning when Corey Seager hit his second home run of the season. Kenley Jansen blew a save again. David Price was magnificent in his two innings of relief and collected his first sacrifice fly in his long-distinguished career.
There was a bench-clearing brawl when Dennis Santana intentionally hit a Padre. Thanks to the fast thinking of Max Muncy, no one threw a punch, and no one was objected even though the umpires thought it was necessary to issue a warning to both teams.
Friday, April 16, 2021