Manny Machado led the Dodgers’ offense with two home runs as part of a five-homer 11-1 cakewalk victory over the Mariners on Friday night. Matt Kemp, Yasmani Grandal, and Max Muncy each hit home runs, giving the Dodgers a big enough lead that the bullpen couldn’t blow it if they tried.
Grandal got the Dodgers started in the third inning with a solo home run. He was batting from the right side (his weaker side) against the left-handed Wade LeBlanc. But the side of the plate didn’t matter when LeBlanc left a cutter right in Grandal’s wheelhouse. Grandal turned on the ball and hit it into the Mariners’ bullpen for a home run.
In the fourth inning, Machado was able to show Dodger fans that he actually is heating up. He whacked a curveball into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. As he circled the bases, the cameras showed Muncy clapping with a mischevious look on his face.
It didn’t take long to see what Muncy was plotting. The Dodgers got a runner on base just in time for Muncy to come to the plate. With two strikes, Muncy ripped a hanging curveball into the right-field stands for a two-run homer.
In the fifth inning, the Dodger found themselves with runners on first and second and one out. So what did they do? Well, if this was the last homestand, they would have left the runners on base. But instead, Cody Bellinger hit an RBI single to center field. After a pitching change, the Dodgers were handed a run on a catching error by Mariners’ right-fielder, Mitch Haniger. The Dodgers then picked up a third run on a sacrifice fly by Kiké Hernández. When the dust settled in the fifth inning, the Dodgers had a 7-1 lead.
Machado finally gave us what we expected to see when the Dodgers traded for him: a multi-homer game. This time, Machado hit a 3-0 slider over the head of Denard Span in center field for a home run. This gave the Dodgers a comfortable 9-1 lead.
And finally, Kemp hit his homer. If you haven’t noticed, Kemp has been slumping badly. But on Friday night, he was able to put aside his struggles at the Mariners’ expense. With Bellinger on first base, Kemp hit a slider over the center field wall, for his 18th homer of the year. It was also the Dodgers’ fifth homer of the game.
The Dodgers will try to continue scoring runs against the Mariners in game two of the three-game series. Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers against Mariners’ starter Erasmo Ramírez. In eleven career appearances (four starts) against the M’s, Hill has a 4-0 record with a 1.35 ERA. None of these appearances have been with the Dodgers. Ramírez owns an 0-2 record with a 6.75 ERA this year.