First came the outpouring of emotion Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Then came the flow of runs. The Dodgers jumped on Sean Manaea early and often at 8-1 pasting the Padres in the opening weekend of the series in Los Angeles.
Finn Scully was honored with a touching pre-game ceremony including a pair of video tributes and a speech from the hill by manager Dave Roberts with the entire Dodgers team behind him.
Roberts until He led the selling crowd by saying “It’s Dodger time for baseball,” Scully’s signature logo, in unison. Because of the party, the premiere didn’t come until 7:18 p.m., eight minutes later than scheduled.
But the show had only just begun.
Round one was essential for both teams in this team, as Tony Gonsulin and Maneh both needed 30 throws to get past the frame. The two former players who became Padres this week – Juan Soto and Josh Bale – made their pick in their first game, but Freddy Freeman eluded Jake Kronworth to finish the inning without incident.
At the bottom of the half, Manaea hit Freeman with a pitch to load the bases with no one off, but a pair of defensive fouls helped push them off, and then some. Will Smith hit the dribbler in the third baseline for a powerful kick, but other San Diego newcomer Brandon Drury—who started in the hot corner with Mane Machado on the set batting— threw the ball wide to allow two scoring runs. Then Drury wasn’t able to cut a solid fork by Hanser Alberto who got him in two doubles instead of the second off the frame.
Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers have scored 19 first-half runs in 16 games. In the season, they scored 75 points in the opening frame, just one shy of the Yankees for most in MLB. Dodgers too Permissible Lowest number in the first half, only 36 times going against them to start things off. San Diego finished second in a few runs allowed, entering Friday’s Round 41, but those four runs put Padres back a few points.
Another explosion came in the third inning, as Chris Taylor scored a brace in two rounds in his first major league game in a month, then Cody Bellinger added another one. Bellinger has had additional success in each of his last three games that Al Mannai has faced, playing at home on September 23, 2020 (when Al Manna was with Oakland) and April 24 this year in San Diego.
In addition to the four-round pair, Manaea allowed ten hits for the Dodgers this round, but managed to get through four rounds, thanks to the seven hits he got. Manaea has allowed in two games against Los Angeles this season 15 times in 16 results in just 8 games.
After the first inning panic, Gonsolin threw 22 shots per second, but managed to get through five runs without letting in a run. Friday was his sixth smooth start to the season for Ginsulin, who allowed zero or one round in 12 of his 20 entries.
- Smith received three hits on Friday, extending his winning streak to eight games, during which he scored .382 (13 for 34).
- Alberto in his last eight games is 10 for 29 (.345) with four pairs, threes, and eight runs in those games, which go back to July 12.
- Tria Turner took two hits and scored once, bringing his hit total to 132 on the season. It is second in the majors for Freeman, who was 1 for 2 on Friday and scored twice, giving him 134 results on the season.
- Padres’ Matthew Patten played the eighth game goalless, and things got weird. Pitcher Tyler Anderson hit Freeman, hitting him.
- The Dodgers have won 19 of their last 21 games against National League West teams, and are 33-12 against the division this season. Not coincidentally, the Dodgers’ lead in a game 13 times over the Padres is his biggest master’s in the National Western League of the year so far.
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WP – Tony Ginsulin (13-1): 5 IP, 3 strokes, 1 run, 6 strokes
LP – Shawn Manea (6-6): 4 IP, 10 strokes, 8 runs, 1 walk, 7 strokes
Andrew Heaney is set to start Saturday (6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA), in what will be the first time this season that he has started three consecutive games in the majors. Mike Clevenger starts in San Diego.