An Offensive Outburst of

Monday, April 5, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

A chilly Monday night in Oakland, the Los Angeles Dodgers squatted the Athletics 10-to-3. While the game was great for the Dodgers, both Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger left with injurie.

Taylor has begun the season well, but the Athletics’ pitcher hit Taylor’s elbow. After running the bases, Taylor left the game with a bruised elbow. The Dodgers hope Taylor will not miss much time. While Zach McKinstry has had a fantastic start to the season, having the veteran Taylor on the bench is a huge plus for the Dodgers.

In the ninth inning, the Athletics’ reliever spiked Bellinger in a close play at first. Bellinger was visibly limping and immediately left the game.

The Dodgers took advantage of the Athletics’ pitching staff’s wildness. McKinstry had 3 RBI, and Corey Seager had a bases-clearing double. Both Justin Turner and Will Smith hit home runs.

Not many people could see the Dodgers naming Dustin May as their fifth starter, but tonight, May rewarded manager Dave Roberts and President Andrew Friedman’s trust in him. May had a brilliant two-seam fastball (sinker) and a slider, and he even threw his rainbow curveball half the time for strikes, a major improvement over his 2020 performances. Monday’s outing of six scoreless innings was the longest and best of his career.

The experiment of making David Price into a reliever is not going well. In his two innings, he allowed three runs.

Scott Alexander pitched a wonderful ninth inning.

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