Pederson’s Slam Continues Dodgers Hot Start At Home

 

Carlos Frias made the start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, it was the first of May and the eighth different starter used this season by Los Angeles. It wouldn’t matter who was on the mound, as the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks handily 8-0 behind Joc Pederson’s second inning grand slam that traveled all the way to Pasadena on UCLA night, at Dodger Stadium.

Former Dodger, Rubby De La Rosa was on the mound for the D-backs and got a rude awakening early on. In the second inning, Justin Turner hit a lead-off home run that kept carrying its way out to center field to put Los Angeles ahead 1-0. The following sequence led by Andre Ethier’s single, and then consecutive walks by Yasmani Grandal and Alex Guerrero loaded the bases. Frias struck out, leaving the runners for Pederson to cash in. He drove the first pitch by De La Rosa half way up the right field pavilion for his fifth home run of the season, and first-career grand slam. It was the Dodgers first grand slam since June 6, 2013. (Yasiel Puig against Atlanta Braves).

“I kind of blacked out, to be honest” Pederson said. “We got the lead, kept the tempo and momentum, and we took care of business.”

Frias, making his first start of the season and third of his career might’ve earned himself another start in five days, as manager Don Mattingly continues to shuffle the back-end of the rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.

“I come ready to pitch, anything I can do to help the team win, I’ll do” Frias said.

Mattingly went to his bullpen in the sixth inning with runners on first and second with one out. Pedro Baez was left with the job to get out Paul Goldschmidt, who’s owned the Dodgers for as long as he’s been with Arizona. Baez would get Goldschmidt to fly-out but the next hitter reached base on Jimmy Rollins fifth error of the season to load the bases. He’d finish the inning by striking out David Peralta swinging, keeping the Dodgers third shutout of the season intact.

In the bottom half of the inning, Ethier added to the Dodgers MLB-leading 35 home runs through 22 games. It was Ethier’s fourth home run of the season that gave Los Angeles a 6-0 lead, coming off D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson, and matching his home run total from his entire 2014 campaign.

“I’m happy for him, this is the best I’ve seen Andre swing the bat all year” Mattingly said.

The Dodgers added two more runs in the eighth inning when Scott Van Slyke’s (nine-game hit streak) pinch-hit single scored two with the bases loaded. The bullpen did the rest of the work, along with Baez, Sergio Santos and J.P. Howell tossed scoreless innings for Los Angeles. The Dodgers win improves them to 11-2 at Dodger Stadium, scoring an average of 5.92 runs per game and a total of 77 runs through 13 home games this season.

WP: Carlos Frias (2-0, 0.00)

LP: De La Rosa (2-2, 5.40)

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