After dropping two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off a six-game homestand as they faced the Seattle Mariners in their second-earliest Interleague series.
Brandon McCarthy allowed a seemingly innocuous, two-out single to Robinson Cano in the top of the first inning. However, that was then followed by a Nelson Cruz slicing, two-run home run that carried just enough to clear the small right field fence to put Seattle ahead, 2-0.
James Paxton retired Darwin Barney, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez in order for a 1-2-3 inning. Logan Morrison hit a leadoff single in the second, but was thrown out by Scott Van Slyke attempting to stretch it to a double and the Mariners didn’t have another runner reach base in the inning.
Van Slyke walked with one out in the bottom of the inning, Alex Guerrero and Joc Pederson failed to advance him and the Dodgers continued to trail, 2-0. McCarthy settled in nicely in the third inning, striking out Paxton and Dustin Ackley for his third and fourth strikeouts up to that point as part of a 1-2-3 inning.
Then in the fourth, the Mariners began to tee off on the Dodgers’ right-hander. Cruz hit his second home run of the game and it was followed by Kyle Seager also hitting a solo home run and the Mariners extended their lead to 4-0.
The Dodgers finally got a hit off Paxton in the bottom of the fourth, as Puig singled to right. He was then thrown out on a fielder’s choice that Gonzalez hit into. Howie Kendrick doubled that moved Gonzalez to third and Van Slyke drew a walk to load the bases.
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