Corey Seager hit his fifth home run of Spring Training to help lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 12-5 road win over the Colorado Rockies. L.A. previously defeated Colorado at Camelback Ranch, and thus have completed a Cactus League sweep this year.
Seager’s day began with a single in the first inning and he immediately scored as Justin Turner followed with an RBI triple down the right-field line. Max Muncy’s groundout doubled the Dodgers’ lead before Jose Mujica could get through the inning.
Gavin Lux added to his strong showing this spring with an RBI base hit in the second, and Mookie Betts’ infield single drove in another run. While it provided Dustin May a 4-0 lead to work with, he appeared to be impacted by the long inning.
May was sharp and efficient in the first, only to struggle in the bottom of the second. Charlie Blackmon’s leadoff walk was cashed in by Sam Hilliard’s booming RBI double that landed out of the reach of Zach McKinstry’s diving attempt. A wild pitch on ball four then brought in a second run.
“Second inning, I fell behind on a few batters and it kind of snowballed,” May said. “Other than that, just trying to get ahead of guys and be able to put everything in the zone.”
May limited the damage and bounced back to retire the Rockies in order in the third inning. Overall, it was an encouraging first start of the year and second Cactus League appearance for the young right-hander.
Corey Knebel was the first Dodgers relief pitcher to appear, and he added to what’s been a successful showing this spring with a perfect fourth inning.
The Dodgers blew the game open in the middle innings thanks to two-run home runs by Seager and McKinstry. The homer was Seager’s fifth of the spring, each of which have come in his past six games. Of those, four have been hit to the opposite field.
DJ Peters tacked on an RBI single in the eighth inning and James Outman added a two-run triple in the ninth.
Next for Dodgers
Tuesday will see some creativity as Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start against the Milwaukee Brewers and be piggybacked by Trevor Bauer. Both pitchers are expected to go three or four innings.
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