Plenty of attention has been given to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ongoing struggles and tendency to slump at the plate in recent weeks. Although the last three games doesn’t necessarily signal the end of the offensive drought, it’s encouraging nonetheless.
After scoring a combined nine runs in two wins to split a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers tagged the Miami Marlins for seven runs in Friday’s series opener.
It began with a Scott Van Slyke two-run home run in the second inning, included a Brett Anderson RBI single, and ended on Howie Kendrick’s eighth-inning RBI single. Prior to Kendrick coming up to bat in the eighth, Joc Pederson extended the inning with a two-out double that hit high off the center field wall.
Pederson, he of multiple 400-plus foot home runs this season, slowly trotted out of the batter’s box, seemingly convinced he had his 20th home run of the season. Instead, Pederson was forced to accelerate around first base to get himself into scoring position. A wild pitch advanced the rookie center fielder to third before Kendrick scored him.
Perhaps inspired to bulk up after coming a few feet short of hitting a solo shot, Pederson dropped down for some push-ups in the Dodgers’ dugout after scoring.