LOS ANGELES Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show might not be the highlight of Justin Turner’s week anymore.
Turner’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the third inning kicked a four-run inning into gear and the Dodgers went on to rout the Arizona Diamondbacks 18-5 — in under six hours — Saturday night.[Brussels Railway Station Reopens After Terror Blast]
Eight of the nine Dodgers starters (including pitcher Kenta Maeda) had hits in the game. Eight players drove in runs, including 11 by Turner (five on a pair of two-run singles and a bases-loaded walk) and Cody Bellinger (six), who homered twice.
The game became such a laugher that it ended with catchers — John Ryan Murphy for the Diamondbacks and Russell Martin for the Dodgers — pitching.[Off Duty Cook County Investigator Fatally Struck In Chicago Ridge]
Turner watched a similar offensive explosion on Opening Day and joked about being a spectator as six of his teammates combined to hit a record-setting eight home runs.
By contrast, Turner’s season started with just one hit in his first 13 plate appearances — and that one was an ugly duckling (a squibbed ground ball that tipped off the pitcher’s glove into no-man’s land on the right side of the infield).[The Latest Pope Tells Migrants They Deserve To Be Welcomed]
Turner’s teammates put Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley in peril in the third inning Saturday with a leadoff single by Austin Barnes and a sacrifice bunt by Maeda that Godley botched.
Joc Pederson walked to load the bases, but Godley got the force out at home when Corey Seager bounced back near the mound.Related Articles
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That brought up Turner with his unsightly .100 batting average on the scoreboard. He got ahead in the count, 3-and-0, and kept it simple, driving Godley’s next pitch through the middle for a two-run single to break an early 1-1 tie. Bellinger and A.J. Pollock followed with RBI singles and the Diamondbacks were on the ropes.[Passenger Dies After Being Partially Sucked Out Of Plane As Window Smashed]
The Dodgers made Godley throw 29 pitches that inning — a stressful workload that has become a staple of their offense in the early going. They worked Zack Greinke for 30 pitches in the first inning Thursday (one run) and Robbie Ray for 33 in the third Friday (two runs) before pushing Godley on Saturday.
The Dodgers drew seven walks in those three innings and 21 in the first three games of the season. The power has nearly kept pace with the patience. Pederson (twice), Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered Saturday, giving the Dodgers 13 to start the season (three each by Pederson and Bellinger).[Whicker Red Raiders8217 Defensive Hands Deal Gonzaga A Tech Nical Knockout]
The Dodgers blew the game open with a five-run sixth inning. The Diamondbacks raised an early white flag after that, sending Murphy in to pitch the seventh and eighth innings. His first pitch floated in at 51 mph. If his strategy was to stay “under hitting speed,” it didn’t work. The Dodgers scored seven times in the eighth inning against him.
Martin was much more effective, closing things out with a 1-2-3 ninth.[Do Drivers Consider Cyclists To Be Fully Human]