Dodgers offense takes off
Austin Barnes, Brad Miller and Cody Bellinger each contributed a home run to the Dodgers scoring on Thursday night. Miller and Bellinger notched two-run shots and Barnes hit a solo homer.
The top of the third inning was when the Dodgers’ magic happened.
Kenta Maeda led off with a ground-rule double and celebrated (what he thought was a home run) with a bat flip. Unfortunately, this bat flip was not captured on tape because the game was not televised, but this tweet may help with the visual:
Kenta Maeda almost hit a HR, turns out to be a double. Bat flip was very Puig like. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 15, 2019
To come back from what may be described as a non-eventful spring training, Joc Pederson hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs, leading the team in the stat.
Barnes also contributed to this six-run third inning with his double that would drove in Pederson to score.
Maeda came in as the starter against San Diego and came out with the victory, improving to 2-0 in Cactus League play.
The right-handed pitcher faced 13 batters and struck out six. He only allowed two hits in his four-inning outing.
Dodgers top pitching prospect Dustin May came in to relieve Maeda on the mound and did not disappoint.
May threw a solid three innings, fanning three and only giving up an infield hit.
Other notable performances
- Chris Taylor and Josh Thole each picked up an RBI single
- JT Chargois and Stetson Allie pitched a scoreless inning a piece
The Dodgers send a full squad to face the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The game will be broadcast on SportsNet LA and on MLB Network at 6:05 pm PDT.