After consecutive walk-off wins against the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in position to sweep the three-game set Wednesday. With April 15 being Jackie Robinson Day across the league, every player wore No. 42 to honor the Hall of Famer.
Brett Anderson made his second start of the season after giving up three runs in six innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yasiel Puig was out of the lineup for the second game in a row with tight hamstring, which meant Andre Ethier was back in right field.
On the first pitch of the game, Mariners left fielder Rickie Weeks grounded to Adrian Gonzalez for the first out. Just two pitches later, Austin Jackson grounded out to second, which was followed by another groundout by Robinson Cano for the third out of the inning on just eight pitches from Anderson.
Jimmy Rollins struck out to begin the beginning of the first inning, which was followed by a Yasmani Grandal base hit. Gonzalez, who has been red hot to begin the season, flied out for the second out of the inning.
Howie Kendrick drew a walk to bring up Ethier with runners on first and second and he cashed in by driving an RBI single to left field and the Dodgers took a rare, early lead. Scott Van Slyke then hit a towering double off of the left field wall to score Kendrick and Ethier and put the Dodgers up 3-0.
Nelson Cruz grounded to Juan Uribe, who needed a nice scoop from Gonzalez on the short-hopped throw to complete the first out of the second inning. After a Kyle Seager fly out to deep left field, Logan Morrison reached on a slow roller towards second base that Howie Kendrick was unable to barehand. Mike Zunino lined the next pitch to center field, but Joc Pederson made a diving catch to end the inning.
Walker walked Pederson, but Anderson failed to get down the sacrifice bunt attempt and struck out. With Rollins up at the plate, Pederson broke for second base and had it stolen but his foot came off of the bag which resulted in an out. Walker issued two more walks in the inning with the second one putting runners on first and second with two outs.
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