Recap: Andre Ethier Leads With 5 Hits As Dodgers Tee Off For Big Win
One day after seeing Dee Gordon for the first time since the trade with the Miami Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers got their first look at their former No. 4 starter, Dan Haren.
Mike Bolsinger made his second start for the Dodgers this season and quickly found himself on the wrong end of history as he gave up a first-inning solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton that traveled an estimated 478 feet and cleared the left field pavilion.
Joc Pederson hit a leadoff single and took second on Howie Kendrick’s comebacker that bounced off Haren’s left arm. A Marlins trainer checked on the right-hander, who remained in the game and got the next two outs to end a scoreless inning.
Bolsinger walked Christian Yelich to open the second inning, but the Marlins left fielder was erased soon after as Yasmani Grandal caught him stealing. Michael Morse struck out swinging and J.T. Realmuto grounded out to end the inning.
The Dodgers had the leadoff man reach for a second consecutive inning as Grandal singled to right. Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke each followed with a base hit and the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs only to squander the opportunity to get on the board.
Haren got Bolsinger to line out to center before striking out Pederson swinging and getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out. Bolsinger worked around a leadoff single in the third to throw a second straight scoreless inning.
Although it didn’t travel nearly as far as Stanton’s moon shot, Howie Kendrick cleared the fence with a solo home run to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Ethier tacked on a home run of his own in the bottom of the fourth that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
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Where are all the Ethier and Grandal haters? Where’s the “offense will be anemic” crowd?
It was really good to see the team score runs on something other than homers for a change.
Kudos to Friedman and Co for putting together a solid, deep team.