Roughly one hour after the a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad lost to the Oakland Athletics on a walk-off base hit, the other half of the Dodgers’ roster took the field for the first game of Big League Weekend at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Whereas offense was at a premium in Mesa, Ariz., against the A’s, the Dodgers erupted for an eight-run first inning against Texas Rangers starter Anthony Bass. Joc Pederson opened the game with a single and Darwin Barney followed with a double that left two runners in scoring position with no outs and Yasiel Puig up to bat.
Mired in a subpar spring offensively, Puig swung at the first pitch and hit a three-run home run over the left field fence that’s listed 350′ from home plate in the makeshift indoor baseball field:
Three batters later, Matt Carson stepped into the batter’s box with one out and runners on the corners. He fell behind 0-1 in the count before hitting the Dodgers’ second three-run home run of the inning. His was hit to the opposite field over the short (distance-wise) wall in right:
The home-run spree continued as the Dodgers batter around and Pederson hit a two-run shot to give his team an 8-0 lead at the time.