Thursday, April 7, 2016

Abreu's homer hands Sox game, series win

Jose Abreu's two-run homer in the sixth inning broke up a scoreless pitching duel and led to a series victory for Chicago, as the White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 6-1, Thursday to take three of four in the series and give Mat Latos his first win since last July.
A's starter Kendall Graveman, who was still feeling the effects of a stomach flu, threw five scoreless innings before walking Melky Cabrera and giving up Abreu's homer to open the sixth. He allowed three hits total, walking one and striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.
"I got through it," Graveman said. "There are times you're not going to feel 100 percent, and you still have to find a way to get outs."
Latos, who last won July 21, retired 13 Oakland hitters before Chris Coghlan singled to break up a no-hit bid.
"We got him out there a little bit, and I think even later he was spinning it pretty good. Breaking stuff was good," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Ventura noted that he "started to get a little concern there, just endurance-wise," but he was happy to see Latos stretch it out. Coghlan drove in the A's only run in the ninth.
Latos left after giving up the one hit over six scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out two. Dioner NavarroTyler Saladino and Cabrera also drove in runs for the White Sox in a four-run ninth.
"He didn't throw anything over the middle of the plate," A's catcher Stephen Vogt said. "He did a good job of not giving us the same look."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Abreu finds his power: After being held mostly in check during the White Sox first three games, with no RBIs and five strikeouts, Abreu finally flashed the form that's made him one of the game's premier hitters, lashing a 91-mph sinker just over the scoreboard in right field. He notched a third RBI with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Coghlan's reprieve: When Coghlan made certain Latos would make no history with his single in the fifth, he did so immediately after left fielder J.B. Shuck lost his foul ball in the sun.
Lawrie's return: Traded from Oakland to the White Sox in the offseason, Brett Lawrieshowed off for his former team with a pair of sparkling defensive plays. In the fifth, he ended the inning and the first real A's rally of the game with a diving stop on a sharp grounder by Coco Crisp, flipping to second for the force. Then in the sixth, he changed direction on a ball that was deflected by Latos, firing to first to beat Billy Burns by a half-step.
QUOTABLE
"We set together a game plan today, I followed him. ... I can't take credit for something that he did, that was all him, I didn't shake him once -- actually I did, and then he kinda looked at me sideways, and then I was like 'OK, whatever you want.'" -- Latos on his batterymate, Navarro
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The win was Ventura's 300th of his career as a Major League manager, all in his four-plus seasons with the White Sox. That gives him the 12th most managerial wins in franchise history. Jimmy Callahan, who helmed the team from 1903-14, is 11th with 309.
WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: Lefty John Danks gets the start in Chicago's home opener Friday at 3:10 p.m. CT against the Cleveland Indians. He's 5-14 against the Tribe in his career.
A's: Southpaw Eric Surkamp will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make the start in the Mariners' home opener on Friday at 7:10 p.m. PT. He replaces injured lefty Felix Doubront.

Bruce, Suarez power Reds to sweep over Phils

With Jay Bruce and Eugenio Suarez leading the charge on Thursday, the Reds erupted with an eight-run fourth inning en route to a 10-6 victory over the Phillies and three-game series sweep to open the 2016 season. Bruce notched two homers in the win, with a career-high-tying five RBIs.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the third when Bruce's fielding error on Ryan Howard's single let pitcher Charlie Morton score an unearned run off of Robert Stephenson. Bruce redeemed himself in the fourth with two men on base and no outs when he slugged a three-run homer to right field. The rally continued as reliever Daniel Stumpf couldn't stop the momentum in his Major League debut. With the bases loaded and two outs, Suarez launched the first grand slam of his career into the left-field seats.
Cincinnati sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth, and Bruce returned to hit an RBI single to center field to score Joey Votto. He added a second homer -- a shot to center field -- that led off the seventh. More >
Stephenson, the Reds' No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline, allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings with six hits, two walks and one strikeout for the victory in his big league debut. He was optioned to Triple-A Louisville following the game.
Cedric Hunter hit his first career homer in the fourth to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Howard knocked a two-out two-run homer in the fifth off of Stephenson to center field. Carlos Ruizcut the deficit to 10-6 in the eighth with a two-run dinger to left.
It is the first time the Phillies started a season 0-3 since 2007, when they lost three at home to the Braves.
"You play a few games and you just try not to let the results affect you either way," Morton said. "Obviously, you try to take the positives and move forward. But try not to let the momentum of negative things happen. Try not to carry those things with you."
The Reds are off to their second-straight 3-0 start after they began 2015 with a 4-0 record.
"Everybody wants to come out there, and we feel like we've got a good ballclub," Reds manager Bryan Price said of his retooling club that wasn't picked to contend in 2016. "It's only going to get better as our pitchers continue to get healthy out in Goodyear, [Ariz.] There's a lot of optimism here. We don't look at ourselves as a bad team. We like our team, and I think throughout the course of the spring and summer, there will be a lot of good baseball in Cincinnati."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Barnhart eludes tag: With two outs in the third inning, Scott Schebler lined a double to the left-field wall against Morton. Chugging from first base, Tucker Barnhart was waved home by third-base coach Billy Hatcher and scored just ahead of the throw. Barnhart managed to leap over Ruiz's tag and touch the plate with his hand before rolling on the dirt.
"I had to come in and look at it to see what I did," Barnhart said. "I wasn't sure what happened. Luckily, I got in there. [Suarez] was behind the plate telling me I needed to slide outside, so I tried. I kind of rolled in there. I don't know if I could ever do that again, honestly."
About that pitching: Phillies starters Jeremy Hellickson and Aaron Nola pitched well Monday and Wednesday, but Morton struggled in the series finale. He allowed five hits and six runs in 3 ⅔ innings. The bullpen continued its struggles, too. Stumpf allowed a grand slam in the fourth to give the Reds a 9-2 lead. More >
"I got my feet wet," Stumpf said about his Major League debut. "You can't go any lower than what I did today. There's only room for improvement at this point."
Long-ball logistics: Bruce's three-run homer in the fourth was his first of the season. There was no doubt it was clearing the right-field fence as Statcast™ said the ball traveled 395 feet after it left the bat at 100 mph at a 30-degree launch angle. Suarez's slam had a 39-degree launch trajectory to left field, while exiting the bat at 100 mph and traveling 365 feet.
A long time coming: Hunter hit a solo homer to right field in the fourth. It was the first long ball of his career and his first hit in the big leagues since April 5, 2011. It was also just the second hit from a Phillies outfielder this season. More >
QUOTABLE
"We know what we're up against. I'm hoping we got this out of the way. There's no excuses. We're not going to be the best hitting team in the league, but I don't think we're the worst hitting team in the league. I think we're going to show better than we did. We've hit good pitchers before. It's not like I'm going in there thinking we're in trouble." -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, on the Phillies opening a three-game series Friday against the Mets.
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Howard singled to right field with runners in scoring position in the third. It marked the Phillies' first hit with a runner in scoring position this season. The Phillies and Padres both entered Thursday 0-for-11 in those situations. Howard later connected on a two-run homer to center field in the fifth. It was his first dinger of the season.
Bruce now has 123 homers at Great American Ball Park. That leaves him three shy of the 126 hit by all-time leader Adam Dunn.
FRANCO SAYS HE'S OK
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco got hit with a pitch just below his left elbow in the ninth. Franco stayed in the game, and he said afterward he should be fine. Franco had his elbow wrapped in ice after the game. He said he did not have an X-ray.
"I'll be fine. I'll be good," Franco said. "We'll see how it is tomorrow, but I'll be fine." 
WHAT'S NEXT
Phillies: The Phillies head to New York to open a three-game series at 1:10 p.m. ET Friday against the Mets at Citi Field. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff makes his 2016 debut. He earned a spot in the Phillies' rotation based on eight strong starts late last season after joining the organization in the Cole Hamels trade with Texas in July.
Reds: The homestand continues at 7:10 p.m. ET Friday when the Reds begin a three-game series with the Pirates. The night will mark the regular-season return of starting pitcherAlfredo Simon, who spent 2015 with the Tigers after three seasons in Cincinnati. Simon signed a one-year, $2 million deal on March 17.

My Thoughts on the new rule involving the slide at second base

There has been a lot of talk about the new rule at second base.  Yesterday's ending between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays drew up some controversy.  I'll get to yesterday's play later on in this article.

Last year, Chase Utley went into second base and injured Ruban Tajada.


As you can see on this play Utley had intentions on breaking up the double play and the end result was Ruban Tajada getting a broken leg.

So, the MLB and the MLBPA agreed on a rule change for the safety of their players.  You must make an attempt to go feet first into the base and try to avoid contact with the fielder covering the base.

Now, let me get to yesterday's play involving Jose Bautista.
New slide rule impacts end of Rays-Jays game

As you can see here Jose Bautista clearly slid into the bag, but he put his hand out and interrupted the double play.

There was controversy in this play, but the key to this rule is safety and MLB got it right to keep its safety for their players.

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Lefties Santiago, Holland duel to open 4-game slate

The Angels' 2015 season ended against the Rangers. It was Oct. 4, 2015, the day after the furious, five-run, ninth-inning rally that temporarily saved their playoff hopes. The Angels needed to win Game 162 in Arlington to force a tiebreaker against the Astros, who were holding on to the final Wild Card spot in the American League, but the Rangers won easily, captured the division title and sent the Angels home for the winter.
Now, they'll meet again.
The Angels host a four-game series against the Rangers starting on Thursday, after the Rangers concluded a three-game home series against the division-rival Mariners. Derek Holland takes the mound for Texas in the opener opposite fellow lefty Hector Santiago, with game time set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
Santiago made the All-Star team on the strength of a stellar first half last season, but struggled down the stretch, with a 5.49 ERA in the final two months. Holland returned from a pulled muscle in his throwing shoulder in the middle of August and finished the year 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA.
Holland said he made improvements to his repertoire during Spring Training.
"I'm very happy with the way things have been going this whole spring," Holland said. "I've felt very confident with my offspeed pitches. I felt like they've improved each time I went out there. … The offspeed is probably the biggest struggle with everybody. As a pitcher, we want to continue to make our stuff sharper, and I felt like that was a very important thing for me this year."
Things to know
• Despite losing the regular-season finale, the Angels won 12 of 19 games against the Rangers last year. It was the third time in the last four years that the Angels have won the season series.
• Former Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton probably won't make the trip to Anaheim with his Rangers teammates. Hamilton is dealing with a knee injury that could have him back by the middle of May.
• Holland won both of his starts against the Angels last year, but he has a 5.32 ERA against them for his career. Santiago has a 3.36 ERA in 72 1/3 career innings against the Rangers.

Young stars Goldy, Rizzo face off in Cubs-D-backs tilt

Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo are two of top first basemen in baseball and two of the bright young stars in the game. They'll square off in a four-game series between the host D-backs and Cubs, starting Thursday in Phoenix.
Goldschmidt and Rizzo finished 1-2 in home runs and RBIs by National League first basemen last year. The D-backs star posted a .324 average; Rizzo batted .278. Goldschmidt is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner; Rizzo has been selected to the All-Star Game twice. Goldschmidt finished second in the National League Most Valuable Player voting last year, Rizzo was fourth.
"I really enjoy watching him play," Rizzo said of Goldschmidt. "We're similar. He runs the bases, I try to run the bases, we both play defense and he hits. He plays all aspects of the game."
Goldschmidt, 28, is a favorite in the D-backs' clubhouse, too. He gave up a corner locker to Rickie Weeks Jr., a space usually dedicated to a veteran player.
"That's the thing that's good about him -- he's humble," Weeks said of Goldschmidt. "Sometimes you see guys in this league with a lot of ego, but when it comes down to it, we're all blessed to play this game and if you play it the right way and be humble, the game rewards you. That shows you what kind of guy he is."
Goldschmidt has his "Goldy's Fund 4 Kids" that benefits Phoenix Children's Hospital. Rizzo's charitable efforts are coordinated by the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which has raised more than $1 million through its events to battle pediatric cancer.
"He is a great teammate," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Rizzo, 26. "This guy gives his time to everybody. This guy is positive to everybody he comes in contact with. He's absolutely about team. He's willing to carry the message of the organization and the group."
What to watch for
• John Lackey will make his Cubs debut Thursday night in the series opener against the D-backs. Lackey, who signed a two-year contract this offseason, appeared in three Cactus League games but also made two starts in the Minor League camp to tune up. Maddon, who knew Lackey when he was a rookie with the Angels, has been impressed with the right-hander's delivery this spring.
• Rubby De La Rosa will start for the D-backs. The right-hander had an uneven spring, and gave up 14 earned runs over 16 1/3 innings in his last three outings.
• On Thursday, the D-backs will pay tribute to the 1999 team that played in the National League Division Series and wear the alternate home vest uniform, which was worn from 1998-2006.

Hughes, Jimenez square off in first 2016 starts

When Twins right-hander Phil Hughes makes his first start of the year against the Orioles on Thursday, he'll have his trusty glove he's used in every outing since 2008, his second year in the Majors. But recently, it underwent what he called surgery, as closer Glen Perkins accidentally broke the webbing of the glove while playing catch with Hughes in the last week of Spring Training. But the glove is ready, and so is Hughes, who will be facing off against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the series finale at Camden Yards.
"It's not good luck at all; it's seen some bad years, but it's just a glove I like," Hughes said with a laugh. "I just have the one glove and like the way it's been broken in."
Things to know about the game
• After a career-year in 2014, when Hughes had a 3.52 ERA in a 209 2/3 innings, the right-hander couldn't back it up last year, posting a 4.40 ERA in 155 1/3 innings. He dealt with back problems late in the season and couldn't quite regain his velocity from the prior year. But Hughes lost 15 pounds this offseason and he feels the best he has since '14.
"My conditioning was the biggest thing and I came to spring feeling better, so hopefully that translates to me being healthy," Hughes said. "I hope that sets me up to that this year. And other than that, it's about fastball command."
• Jimenez gets the nod for Baltimore, and was better in 2015 than his first year with the Orioles, going 12-10 with a 4.11 ERA in 184 innings. But he was much better in the first half, with a 2.81 ERA in his first 17 starts, but a 5.63 ERA in his final 15 outings.
• Orioles Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard has impressed so far in the early going, as he picked up two hits in his debut on Monday and followed that up with his first RBI with a sacrifice fly on Wednesday. The left fielder also had a single to right in his first at-bat.

Salazar, Indians bid for series victory against Sox

The Indians will send the final piece of their big three to the mound in right-hander Danny Salazar for the rubber game against the Red Sox on Thursday at Progressive Field.
After starting last season in the Minors, Salazar wound up making 30 starts and winning 14 games for the Tribe. He just missed 200 strikeouts, finishing with 195 in 185 innings.
Joe Kelly, who will start for the Red Sox, did the opposite of Salazar last season, opening the season in the rotation and then getting sent to Triple-A. To Kelly's credit, he earned a trip back to Boston and finished the season on one of the best stretches of his career, going 8-0 with a 2.59 ERA from Aug. 1-Sept. 9.
Things to know about this game
• Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor hit third on Tuesday against lefty David Price, but then served as the leadoff man for Wednesday's game against Boston righty Clay Buchholz. Manager Terry Francona plans on mixing and matching with his lineup, especially until left fielder Michael Brantley (right shoulder) returns from the disabled list.
• With Kelly on the mound, expect Ryan Hanigan to make his first start of the season behind the plate for the Red Sox. Kelly had a 4.20 ERA pitching to Hanigan last year, compared to 5.10 with Blake Swihart.
• The Indians' late-inning options include closer Cody Allen, along with and right-handers Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister and Jeff Manship. Francona said it will take time to determine what kind of roles relievers Ross Detwiler (the lone lefty), Joba Chamberlain, Dan Otero and Trevor Bauer will fill.

Dodgers take scoreless streak to San Francisco

The mere sight of the Dodgers is enough to get the crowd at AT&T Park worked up, but Thursday's series opener has the added excitement of being the Giants' home opener.
And, to top it all off, there's a historic element involved.
The Dodgers have opened the season with three shutouts after sweeping the Padres. They're only the second team in modern day big league history to do so, tying the 1963 Cardinals.
San Francisco starter Jake Peavy, long a Dodgers tormenter, knows what to expect.
"It's just like a playoff-game atmosphere, really, is the best way to describe it," said Peavy, 14-3 with a 2.38 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers. "There's a lot of energy and excitement around the game. Once the second inning comes around, everybody's settled into doing what we do. And then you're just trying to figure out a way to win a big league ballgame."
The Dodgers counter with Alex Wood, who allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief in his only previous appearance in San Francisco. Wood had a 7.13 ERA in Spring Training.
Three things to know
• Although manager Dave Roberts said Chase Utley will start at second base, Utley is 0-for-14 lifetime against Peavy. Yasiel Puig is 0-for-7 and the projected starting eight for the Dodgers is a combined 8-for-66.
• Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford are a combined 7-for-12 against Wood.
• The Giants won the season series with the Dodgers last year, 11-8, and were 8-2 at home.

Roark to start Nats' home opener vs. Conley, Marlins

At this time last year, Tanner Roark was the odd man out of the Nationals' rotation, relegated to the bullpen after the team signed Max Scherzer in the offseason. Roark ended up shuttling between the bullpen and rotation for much of 2015, and he admitted at the start of this spring that the uncertainty of his role led to a 4.38 ERA, nearly a run and a half higher than his ERA from the previous year. So Roark entered this season intent on winning a job in the rotation.
Now Roark is not only a firm member of the Nats' five-man staff, but he is set to start the home opener Thursday against the Marlins at Nationals Park.
"He wants it," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "This guy, he told me when I talked to him in Spring Training, he wants to start. And I told him, 'Hey man, if that's what you want, that's what you go for.' ... I like that attitude."
Opposing him will be Marlins left-hander Adam Conley, who posted a 3.76 ERA in 67 innings during his rookie season last year. He entered Spring Training "like he was on a mission," according to Marlins manager Don Mattingly, and won a spot in Miami's rotation because of it.
"To be quite honest with you," Mattingly said, "I'm looking forward to watching him pitch."
Things to know about this game:
• Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has enjoyed success playing at Nationals Park. In fact, of all the parks he's played in during his career -- besides his home games in Miami (first at Sun Life Stadium and now Marlins Park) -- the three-time All-Star has his most home runs (15) and RBIs (30) in Washington.
• Roark owns a career 3.32 ERA in 12 appearances (six starts) against Miami.
• With Ben Revere on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, the Nationals plan to use Michael Taylor as their primary center fielder and leadoff hitter.

Eovaldi, Fiers set to square off in series finale

After missing all of September with elbow inflammation, Nathan Eovaldi will make his 2016 debut for the Yankees when they face the Astros on Thursday at Yankee Stadium, weather permitting. Rain is forecast in the area for most of the day.
Eovaldi went 14-3 with a 4.10 ERA in his first season with the Yankees last year. He would have been active as a reliever in the playoffs had the Yankees beaten the Astros in last year's American League Wild Card Game in New York.
"I'd like to pick up where I left off last year," said Eovaldi, a Houston native. "It was difficult the way the season ended, but it's a new season and I'm looking forward to the start of it."
The Astros will send right-hander Mike Fiers to the mound to face the Yankees for the first time in his career. Fiers made 10 appearances (nine starts) for the Astros after coming over in a July trade with the Brewers and was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA.
"Being my first time pitching here, I'm definitely excited for that," Fiers said. "I'm excited to pitch against a team in the season when it counts toward the team's record. I just want to go out there and battle for my team and put up a quality start for these guys."
Things to know about this game
• The Astros' bullpen could be short-handed. Houston was forced to patch together 7 2/3 innings in relief Wednesday after starter Collin McHugh recorded just one out.
• Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has RBI hits in both of his first two games with New York. He had a two-run double Tuesday and an RBI single in the first inning Wednesday. He then added a three-run homer Wednesday.
• The Yankees and Astros had split their first 20 meetings prior to Wednesday since Houston moved to the American League in 2013.

Graveman, Latos face off in A's-White Sox finale

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn believes the best is yet to come for Chicago right-hander Mat Latos. A's manager Bob Melvin believes Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman is healthy enough to pitch.
The answer to both of those assertions will come Thursday, when the two hurlers take the mound for the afternoon finale of a four-game set at the Coliseum.
Latos made three starts during Spring Training, and while the results weren't what the veteran desired, he made positive strides with each outing. He agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the White Sox as a free agent during this past offseason.
Graveman, like A's ace Sonny Gray, battled the flu this week, enduring an especially difficult eight hours on Tuesday, but he was back in the A's clubhouse on Wednesday and deemed healthy enough to make his scheduled start in the series finale.
Melvin gathered his squad for a team meeting with head trainer Nick Paparesta on Tuesday afternoon to discuss ways to combat the virus.
"I've had this Purell dispenser in here for years," Melvin said, smiling, "and now everybody doesn't think I'm so crazy."
Things to know
• Avisail Garcia will be in right field and Tyler Saladino gets the start at shortstop for the White Sox in the series finale.
• A's infielder Eric Sogard is still being bothered by a neck strain when he hits, so he's expected to continue his rehab in Oakland when the A's go to Seattle.
• The last time the White Sox opened a season with back-to-back one-run victories was in 2005, when they beat the Indians by 1-0 and 4-3 margins.
• Left-hander Eric Surkamp is set to join the A's on Thursday and will be activated the following day for a start against the Mariners in Seattle, pitching in place of Felix Doubront (elbow sprain).

Stephenson to make big league debut vs. Phillies

Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson finally gets his shot.
He is scheduled to make his Major League debut Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the Phillies at Great American Ball Park. Stephenson, 23, is Cincinnati's No. 2 prospect, according to MLBPipeline. The Reds selected him in the first round of the 2011 Draft.
Stephenson struggled a bit in Spring Training, posting a 9.58 ERA in four Cactus League starts. He had trouble commanding the ball and he seemed to press in his final spring start, knowing a spot on the Opening Day roster was on the line. But Stephenson said he is confident he can keep his emotions in check against the Phillies.
Stephenson is expected to return to Triple-A following the start. He took the roster spot of Homer Bailey, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to March 25) as he continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Things to know:
• Phillies right-hander Charlie Morton faces Stephenson. He has had a fair amount of success against the Reds, going 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
• Expect Ryan Howard to be back in the Phillies' lineup. The Phillies are using Howard and Darin Ruf as a platoon at first base with Howard facing right-handed pitchers and Ruf facing left-handers. Howard spoke to reporters Wednesday about his transition from being an everyday player to a part-time player. He seems to be a peace with his situation going forward.

Maeda leads Dodgers to historic beginning

The Dodgers reached a historic high during Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Padres, as they became only the second team in Major League history to begin a season with three shutouts.
The Dodgers joined the 1963 Cardinals as the only teams to open a season by holding their opponent scoreless for three successive games.
Los Angeles pitcher Kenta Maeda hit a home run and tossed six scoreless in his Major League debut as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep at Petco Park.
Los Angeles established a club record with 27 consecutive scoreless innings to begin a season, surpassing the 23 scoreless frames that came to begin the 1974 season. That mark was set against the Padres, who have tied their longest scoring drought.
San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner labored in his first start, needing 94 pitches to get through four innings. He surrendered four runs in the first and allowed five overall on six hits, while striking out five.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Leading the Chase: Chase Utley led off the game with a triple to right-center, scoring onJustin Turner's single to trigger a four-run inning off Cashner, with Carl Crawford doubling in a run and Joc Pederson singling home two more.
Out at home: Andy Green lost his first replay review as Padres manager in the bottom of the sixth, and in doing so the Friars were denied their first run of the season. On a ground ball to first, Cory Spangenberg broke for home, but was thrown out at the plate. Dodgers catcherA.J. Ellis applied the tag relatively late and high -- but evidently just in time to get Spangenberg.