LOS ANGELES — Though Mookie Betts has already gained a World Sequence ring and completed second in NL MVP voting whereas sporting Dodger Blue, he had by no means been serenaded with lengthy, loud, loving chants of “Mooooookie!” echoing via Chavez Ravine.
Los Angeles’ followers took care of that Tuesday evening, and so they additionally gave loads of like to Trevor Bauer throughout his homecoming begin in one more dominant win for the key league-leading Dodgers.
Betts homered and Bauer pitched seven innings of one-hit ball of their first dwelling recreation in entrance of their new followers, propelling Los Angeles to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Bauer (2-0) was excellent in his first begin at Dodger Stadium since signing with LA in February, issuing simply two walks with 9 strikeouts. Colorado’s solely hit off him was an infield single by Garrett Hampson within the third, and Bauer simply barely missed throwing out Hampson at first.
“It was enjoyable,” stated Bauer, who attended loads of Dodgers video games whereas rising up within the suburbs north of the park. “Strolling out pregame, I used to be a bit excited seeing the followers within the stadium. Joyful to show in a stable efficiency and get a win.”
Corey Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back homers within the first inning, whereas Max Muncy homered and drove in two runs for the defending champions. With their third shutout win in 4 video games, the Dodgers (9-2) remained unbeaten in Chavez Ravine this season and put up one other overwhelming efficiency of their ninth victory in 10 video games general.
“That’s actually cool for them to have the ability to get on the market and be in entrance of the followers for the primary time and expertise what it’s wish to play in entrance of this crowd,” stated Seager, who had two hits and scored three runs. “It’s a particular factor, and I do know they didn’t take it with no consideration.”
LA followers additionally relished their first probability to cheer Betts, who turned a digital fan favourite when he agreed to a 12-year contract with the Dodgers final yr earlier than he even performed for the membership. Betts went 1 for five, however his teammates simply picked up the slack.
“The depth of the roster is ridiculous,” Bauer added. “It’s enjoyable to play with guys that good all the best way prime to backside.”
Antonio Senzatela (1-2) could not get out of the third inning for the Rockies, who’ve misplaced 4 straight whereas scoring 4 complete runs. They’ve additionally misplaced 4 straight to the Dodgers by a mixed 28-13 since beating LA at Coors Discipline on opening day.
Hampson had each hits for Colorado, which is scoreless in 22 consecutive innings after additionally getting shut out by San Francisco on Sunday.
“We’re battling each evening,” Rockies supervisor Bud Black stated. “We’re not trying previously. Our group turns the web page fairly shortly. We all know the final couple of days we haven’t scored. In San Francisco, we had been in hard-fought video games. Tonight was actually the one recreation … that from begin to end, we in all probability weren’t in.”
Seager has a success in 17 consecutive video games in opposition to Colorado after homering within the first. Two pitches later, Taylor additionally linked off Senzatela, who did not come near replicating his eight scoreless innings in opposition to Arizona final week in Denver.
After Betts led off the third together with his homer to left, Seager doubled and scored on Gavin Lux’s two-out single. Senzatela was pulled after Trevor Story made a horrible throw on what ought to have been an inning-ending groundout by AJ Pollock, permitting Will Smith to walk dwelling for a 5-0 lead.
“If I make a mistake in opposition to this group, they’re for positive going to hit it,” stated Senzatela, who has given up 24 runs and 10 homers in 26 2/3 innings in his six profession begins at Dodger Stadium. “I believe as a group, they hit it actually good. Each time I’m right here, they hit it out. I don’t know. It’s the Dodgers.”
Muncy added an RBI double within the fourth and a 419-foot solo shot within the sixth.
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David Value, who opted out of final season after arriving within the commerce for Betts, additionally made his first dwelling look for the Dodgers. The 35-year-old left-hander is beginning the season within the bullpen, and he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Rockies: Chris Owings will not be able to return April 20 when he’s eligible to come back off the injured listing together with his sprained left thumb, supervisor Bud Black stated. Owings’ thumb has no main injury, nonetheless.
Dodgers: Betts returned from a four-game absence with again stiffness. He would not know why his again acted up, however stated it solely harm whereas working. He’ll play once more Wednesday earlier than possible resting Thursday forward of LA’s massive sequence at rival San Diego.
Dustin Could (1-0, 0.00 ERA) retains preventing for his spot within the Dodgers’ crowded rotation in his second begin of the yr. He faces Colorado’s Jon Grey (1-0, 1.54), who principally shut down the Dodgers in his season debut after which took a no-hitter into the seventh inning final week.
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