Dodgers Bats Explode, Andrew Heaney Impresses in Win Over the Twins
The Dodgers really needed to come out and score some runs on Tuesday night. Following back-to-back poor performances in Colorado against the Rockies, they had to come into Minnesota and face the Twins in the rain. That seemed to complicate things for most of the game.
If there was a highlight from the early innings, it was the work of Andrew Heaney. The southpaw was a big question mark heading into the season given how poorly his Spring Training went. But Heaney spun 4.1 innings of work allowing just one unearned run. He also struck out 5 Twins and did not issue a single walk.
In terms of offense, it took the Dodgers a while to get anything going. They scored a run in the 5th inning after Gavin Lux dri\ove in Cody Bellinger on a sacrifice fly. That run was very well manufactured, with Bellinger drawing the walk and stealing two bags.
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But the Dodgers’ offense really came to life in the 8th inning. It started with walks to Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman. Trea Turner snuck a ball past the third baseman for a single to drive in Mookie and take the lead. Will Smith would later double in a pair after Justin Turner had singled in a run and Max Muncy walked.
All told, the Dodgers scored 6 runs in that inning to break it open. The game was later in a rain delay after the heavens opened up and it started to pour onto Target Field. They would go on to continue playing about an hour and a half later.
The Dodgers bullpen would allow a run, but that would do it for this one. Up next, the two teams are back at it again on Wednesday morning. Clayton Kershaw is getting the ball for Los Angeles to face off against Chris Paddack.
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Heaney’s pitching was a pleasant surprise, Bellinger remains 0-for-2022.
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