With the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting the road after opening the season at home, much of the focus was on Adrian Gonzalez and his hot start at the plate. With three home runs in the Dodgers’ win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Gonzalez became the first player in MLB history to have five home runs in his team’s first three games of the season.
Gonzalez figured to be a storyline heading into the weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field as it’s a stadium where he’s found success hitting throughout his career. While Gonzalez recorded a base hit and drew a walk in his first two at-bats of Friday’s game, Yasmani Grandal stole some of the spotlight from his teammate.
Grandal made his third straight start of the season, but was without a hit heading into the game. Grandal struck out swinging in the first inning, then took a foul ball off his knee that momentarily forced him to the ground.
Grandal later turned his some of his luck around as he hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to break his 0-fer start to the season. Grandal’s home run got the Dodgers within two runs of the Diamondbacks, who took a 3-0 lead on Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run home run in the third inning.