The Dodgers hit four home runs on Sunday en route to their 8-3 victory, sweeping the three-game series against the Angels. LA has been on an absolute home run tear as of late, so them hitting four dingers shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.
Let’s kick things off with the first homer and the best one of the afternoon. Keibert Ruiz, who was making his major-league debut, homered in the first at bat of his career. Would you like to take a guess as to who the last Dodger to homer in their first career AB was? I’ll give you some time to think while I show you the homer.
MAKING IT LOOK RUIZY.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2020
First MLB at-bat, first career homer. pic.twitter.com/TJU8Hr0OWl
Alright, on to the trivia. Ruiz is the first Dodger to HR in his first at-bat since Garey Ingram on May 19, 1994. How many of you got that right?
The offense continued that inning, as Max Muncy hit his first homer since August 7. It’s only his second home run since July 30.
Now you Muncy it, now you don't. pic.twitter.com/u3qwuNY4FE— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2020
The Dodgers then put up four runs an inning later, really putting the game out of reach. Mookie Betts brought in a run, pushing the lead to two. On the day, Betts had two hits, scored two runs and stole a base. Corey Seager followed, crushing his fifth homer of the season. Seager finished with two hits today, his first multi-hit game since August 3.
That would be all the offense the Dodgers needed on the afternoon.
Dustin May got the start, and didn’t have his best stuff. He only allowed two runs, but allowed seven hits and didn’t even make it through five innings as he was taken out with one out in the fifth. May made 88 pitches on the afternoon.
He didn’t walk anyone, but he struck out only two. There were a few at bats by the Angels where they drove his pitch count up, throwing him out of rhythm. Though he didn’t pick up the win, it was still another encouraging outing from the rookie.
Brusdar Graterol, Scott Alexander and Dennis Santana all got action out of the bullpen. They threw a combined 4 2⁄3 innings, allowing only one run on three hits.
The Dodgers now hold a two-game lead in the division.
WP: Scott Alexander (1-0) 2 IP, 1 ER
LP: Julio Teheran (0-2) 3 1⁄3 IP, 4 ER
Home runs: Keibert Ruiz (1), Corey Seager (5), Max Muncy (5), Matt Beaty (2)
The Dodgers welcome the Seattle Mariners to town tomorrow. They’ll play them at Dodger Stadium for two games and then travel to Seattle for two games. Ross Stripling (3-1, 3.97 ERA) gets the start for LA tomorrow. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT on SportsNet LA.