The Dodgers Received Their Rings And a Victory

¬Friday, April 9, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

An old-fashioned pitching duel was featured on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. On the day when the Dodgers received their world champion rings, the Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 1-to-0.

Before the game, the Dodgers put Cody Bellinger on the ten-day IL. When he was spiked on Monday, he received a bruise. The bruised lower calf has not improved while he runs. The Dodgers believe Bellinger’s stay on the IL will be short. To replace Bellinger on the roster, the Dodgers promoted Luke Riley.

For the second consecutive game, Mookie Betts (a stiff lower back) did not play. He was available to pinch-hit. The Dodgers expect him back tomorrow.

The World Series ring ceremony was a memorable and unique experience. The Dodgers had the players’ childhood baseball heroes record a special message just before they received their humongous and beautiful rings. The most touching moment of the ceremony was when Laura Lasorda, the daughter of late Dodger great Tommy Lasorda, introduced manager Dave Roberts.

Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings. While the Nationals are weakened by a COVID outbreak, Buehler’s fastball and curveball baffled the Nationals. His control was perfect, walking none.

Victor Gonzàlez pitched well in the seventh inning. While Blake Treinen struggled during the eighth inning, Will Smith’s throwing ability helped him to pitch effectively. In the ninth, Corey Knebel used his curveball to strike out all three batters to face them. If it was an audition for the closer job, Knebel passed with flying colors.

In the past, Justin Turner did not get his power until May, but this season he already has two home runs, including today’s winning homer.

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