Whicker: Dodgers look like they’ve been there before

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Dodgers’ manager seemed calmer than the situation might dictate. But over the past three years, he’s seen almost everything happen to them before.This opener of a three-game series with the reborn Padres might have seemed a big deal to the locals, although a majority of the sellout crowd in Petco Park was wearing blue. It was another day for the Dodgers, who fell behind 3-0 and took out the brick and mortar and built a 4-3 win, for a 21-13 record.Center fielder A.J. Pollock is out for who knows how long with yet another elbow problem, but the Dodgers push through such setbacks because, a year ago, they were basically missing their rotation and third baseman Justin Turner, too. Amid cries to dissolve the molecular structure of the franchise, they got it together and won another NL West Division title in the 163rd game, then got to their second consecutive World Series.This year’s travails will be unique to this year. Friday night was devoted to turning around some of the stragglers, dispelling worry among the faithful.Clayton Kershaw gave Manny Machado a 3-and-2 slider that was embossed like an invitation. Machado whacked it 437 feet for a 2-0 San Diego lead in the first inning. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Left fielder Hunter Renfroe was dashing this way and that to rob Dodger bids for extra bases. Left-hander Eric Lauer, the 23-year-old in a rotation that has no one over 27, gave up no hits for the first four innings, by which time it was 3-0, thanks to Ian Kinsler’s home run off Kershaw.Then Kershaw shut San Diego down through the sixth inning and posted his fourth quality start in four starts.And the first Dodgers hit was a home run by Chris Taylor, who is now hitting .173.Turner’s 11-pitch at-bat ended with a walk and helped create a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth. The Dodgers got only one run, and 6-foot-9 lefty Brad Wieck got the final two outs.But in the seventh, Austin Barnes took Wieck deep to tie it. Barnes, now getting the majority of catching duty, is hitting .218 with 11 RBIs in 27 games.Related Articles The final defiance of the odds came against the Padres’ Kirby Yates, who has 14 saves and had given up one earned run. Padres manager Andy Green threw the closer into a tie game in the Dodgers’ ninth, and Barnes doubled and scored on a Max Muncy base hit that first baseman Eric Hosmer couldn’t stop.Kershaw now has a 2.87 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 26 innings. Outs that are achieved with 90 mph pitches still count the same as those achieved with 96.“When you’re not feeling your best and still keep us in it and go six strong innings, that’s a pretty good effort,” Barnes said. “No matter what, his ability to battle and make pitches is next-level. As the game went on, he got stronger and stronger.”The Dodgers’ habitual winning doesn’t make it easier for Barnes and Taylor and anyone else to hit when they’re struggling, but it does buy time.“It’s a grind, it’s like anything else,” Barnes said. “It’s up and down. Tonight I just got a couple of balls in the zone. I felt pretty good at the end of spring training, hit a little bit of a skid. Now I’m feeling good again. This was a good win, a hard-fought win.” SAN DIEGO — “I didn’t see any panic,” Dave Roberts said.Not even when he saw Cody Bellinger crouched near first base, after he had dived unsuccessfully.Not even when Roberts learned that Bellinger’s right shoulder had somehow come loose from the rest of him, and then re-entered wherever it was supposed to be.“We did some strength testing with him, he took a few swings in the cage,” Roberts said. “I think he’ll be fine. But his shoulder popped out. That’s happened with him before.”last_img

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