The Dodgers played the Red Sox today in a rare Saturday afternoon start. Big Papi was in the lineup, which did not bode well for a Dodgers victory.
The first two Red Sox batters opened the game up with back to back singles. Soon enough Dodgers starter Ross Stripling was up against bases-loaded with nobody out.
Big Papi blistered one right at second base and Howie Kendrick. Kendrick stopped the ball, and threw Ortiz out, to stop at least one run from scoring. The Dodgers were also saved by a fly ball and a little nubber.
Stripling needed 25 pitches in the inning.
A much-needed easy inning for Stripling.
Adrian Gonzalez beat the shift for a base hit.
Kiké Enrique Hernandez followed with a base hit to left.
A.J. Ellis came up with two out and got the RBI single. 1-0
3rd inning Dodgers 1-0
Big Papi Watch: Up with one on and two out. F9
4th inning Dodgers 1-0
Only one hit. Another good inning for Stripling.
AGone picked up his second hit.
Kiké base hit!
Just as Gonzo and Kiké got twin base hits in the second, Josh Reddick and Scott Van Slyke made twin rally-killing outs here and in the second.
5th inning Dodgers 1-0
A fifth scoreless inning from Stripling.
Chris Taylor PH for Stripling. Base hit. (Why couldn’t Stripling go another inning? Heck if I know.)
Two on and nobody out for Corey Seager. Double! 2-0
Gonzo blooped a single for another run. 3-0
6th inning Dodgers 3-0
Grant Dayton in.
Big Papi Watch: K
Dayton’s first MLB at bat. K
7th inning Dodgers 3-0
A great inning from Grant Dayton. He struck out the side.
8th inning Dodgers 3-0
Joe Blanton in. Job done.
9th inning Dodgers 3-0
Kenley Jansen vs Sox
Bradley Jr: K swinging
Leon: K swinging
Shaw: K swinging
Dodgers win! 3-0
Corey Seager Kudos: Today Seager broke the record for most doubles by a Dodger rookie (31). Previous record holder: Eric Karros (30)
Gonzo heating up: After being the only Dodger to regularly make contact against Boston’s knuckleballer last night, Agone went on a 3 for 4 tear today.
Per Vin Scully: “Grant Dayton can tell his grandkids that he struck out Big Papi.”
Little Victories: Josh Reddick got his first hit as a Dodger.
Ross Stripling (W 3-3) went 5 innings with 4 hits, O runs, 1 walk, 4 K’s ERA 3.79
Team with RISP: 3 for 12