Dodgers Video: Alex Guerrero Hits First Career Grand Slam

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In typical Coors Field fashion, the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers traded runs in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning behind Kiké Hernandez’s solo home run and led 3-0 before the Rockies managed to get on the board.

On a night where Zack Greinke didn’t have his best stuff, allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings, the Dodgers battled back from an 8-5 deficit in a dramatic ninth inning. It began with an Alberto Callspo leadoff single, which was followed by consecutive base hits by Jimmy Rollins and Chris Heisey to load the bases with no outs.

Rafael Betancourt then appeared to settle in as he struck out Justin Turner on a check-swing and got Joc Pederson to foul out on the first pitch; Pederson had previously hit his fourth home run in as many games and first Major-League triple, which tied the game in the seventh.

Betancourt then had Alex Guerrero and the Dodgers down to their final strike before Guerrero hit his first career grand slam to dead center field, just out of Charlie Blackmon’s reach. The home run was Guerrero’s 10th of the season and lifted the Dodgers to a dramatic come-from-behind win.

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  1. So what are the Dodgers going to do with Guerrero? I don’t know about defensive skills, but his
    bat can change things very rapidly!

    1. I wish Mattingly thought like you do! Mattingly had three players in yesterday’s lineup, that are batting at the Mendosa line, and below the Mendosa line! Why would Mattingly give 4 at bats, to Heisy and Callaspo, and give one at bat to Guerrero yesterday? Why were these two players, starting over Guerrero, in this second game yesterday! Guerrero ranks third on this team in HRs and RBIs! Guerrero needs to play more, in order to get more comfortable playing leftfield and third base! This should also help Guerrero to ran the bases better! He looks tight and unsure, when he runs the bases, and like Puig, he needs to learn how to slide better! I think playing him more, he will relax. Crawford has played leftfield his entire career, and I think right now, that Guerrero is not any worse than Crawford, and Guerrero’s new to the position! Mattingly played Crawford over Ethier last year, and Ethier is much better on defense, than Crawford!

  2. Not to mention that by minimizing Guerreros plate appearance
    he’s also diminishing his chances for his rookie of the year aspirations
    despite his already shown potential.

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