Things got off to a roaring start in Los Angeles on Thursday. With the Dodgers playing in their home opener, fans in Los Angeles packed out Chavez Ravine and made themselves heard. The pregame National Anthem featuring the gigantic American flag unfurled across the field followed up by a flyover from fighter jets really set the tone.
But the Dodgers bats continued to make noise, chalking up three runs in the first inning. With 5 consecutive singles, Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead over the Reds very quickly. Freddie Freeman got comfortable at the Ravine very quickly, slicing a single to center to get the hit train started.
But after that, the Dodgers bats disappeared for a while. They had just three singles all the way up until the 8th inning after that initial deluge. Then the flood gates opened at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers exploded for 6 runs in the 8th inning, including a three-run shot off of the bat of Will Smith. It was glorious, and the stadium was rocking.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 15, 2022
In terms of pitching, Walker Buehler had to put in a little extra work. The right-handed hurler needed 98 pitches to get through 5.2 innings of work, leaving the game after giving up a two-run shot to Aristides Aquino in the top of the 6th. The Dodgers would then bring on David Price, who gave up a solo shot to Brandon Drury the following inning to tie up the game.
But after that, the bullpen was solid. Blake Treinen and Evan Phillips combined fo the final two innings of that game, putting up perfect frames. The Dodgers would go on to win the game 9-3 and now sit at 4-2 on the year.
Setting the tone early. pic.twitter.com/w8XyhGIUxg
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 15, 2022
Up next, the Dodgers will take on the Reds on Friday night while celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Vladimir Gutierrez gets the start for Cincinnati facing off against Tony Gonsolin.
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