Not a lot went right for the Dodgers on Friday night. In a game where they had every opportunity to pull away from the Angels, the Los Angeles bats went dead silent during the first 9 innings of the game.
That eventually resulted in yet another extra-innings loss for the Dodgers, their 12th of the year. But fans out at Chavez Ravine did have at least one thing to cheer about. Late in the game, Trea Turner made his debut in a pinch-hit role.
Turner launched the first pitch that he saw deep into foul territory and had fans immediately fired up. And while he ended up popping out to the catcher in his only at-bat, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sounded fired up about the new guy.
He took some good swings. He didn’t come up with a hit, but you can tell he’s a pretty special player. You would have never known he didn’t have an at-bat in 10 days, because that first one, he cleared the slider out and he just missed a fastball in the zone.
It would have been quite the storyline if Turner had put the Dodgers up late to win the game. But all night long, he was in the dugout with a bat in his hands and looking ready to go.
I think he was antsy most of the night. He’s a very intelligent ballplayer, so when you start seeing how the game is playing out, there were a couple opportunities early, from the sixth inning on, where we might have gone to him. So he was trying to stay in tune with me and Bob Geren and be ready when called upon.
Turner is a guy that every Dodgers fan should be excited about. With blazing speed and tremendous power, he drastically changes the potential in the heart of the order or at the top, wherever Dave decides to play him.
He makes his first start of the year for the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. And while he wont be at shortstop, Turner is a really good glove to have over at second base.