Dodgers Score: Rookie James Outman Leads the Way in LA’s Opening Day Victory
The Los Angeles Dodgers took down the Arizona Diamondbacks in dominant fashion on Opening Day, winning in a convincing 8-2 victory. The Diamondbacks got out to an early 2-0 lead, before the Dodgers stormed back, scoring eight unanswered runs on their way to a very exciting win to start the season.
Will Smith got the scoring started for LA in the third inning, getting a two-strike, two-out, opposite field single to tie the game at two. Talk about deuces wild.
Will didn’t stop there, though, as he came back up in the 5th inning, and put the Dodgers up 3-2 with another two-strike single.
Overall, Smith had a great game, going 3-4 with a double, two singles and four RBIs. However, he was far from the biggest story of the night.
The biggest story of the Dodgers Opening Day was the play of rookie outfielder James Outman. In his first career game at Dodger Stadium, Outman went 2-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk. He hit the Dodgers first home run of the season, and the only home run of the night by either team.
Aside from Smith and Outman’s dominant nights, the Dodgers got some great production from the rest of the lineup. Freddie Freeman went 2-4 with a walk, while new Dodgers J.D. Martinez, David Peralta and Miguel Rojas each got their first hits for LA. The Dodgers went 5-11 with runners in scoring position, which is an incredible way to start the season.
On the pitching side of things, after a slow start to the game, Julio Urias dialed in, and ended up going six innings, allowing just two runs and striking out six. After Urias, the Dodgers bullpen was lights out, with Phil Bickford, Shelby Miller and Yency Almonte each pitching a perfect inning.
And finally, on the fielding side, the Dodgers turned two double plays, and had one error by Miguel Rojas. However, Rojas quickly made up for it by turning a double play in the very next at-bat.
The biggest defensive play of the game came in the 6th inning, when Ketel Marte tried to stretch a single into a double. However, he forgot that Mookie Betts was out in right field, and he was thrown out with a perfect throw.
The Dodgers got the 2023 season off on a perfect note, and will look to continue that momentum into Friday night, when Dustin May takes the mound against Merrill Kelly. First pitch for Friday night’s game is also at 7:10 p.m. PST.
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Great opening day James!! Looking forward to many many more to come!! ?
Go Will, go James! Great job Julio! NICE TEAM EFFORT!!!!!!!!