March 3rd, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith
WRAP-UP: DODGERS 6 WHITE SOX 1
(These’ll be much longer for regular season games and will provide deeper analysis—enjoy the bite-sized versions!)
Kersh? Of course! Think two! The king commanded with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. He also gave up a walk and a hit, but who’s counting? Blanton blazed through six White Stockings in a row. Yimi Garcia emerged unscathed in the 5th, and Carlos Frias gave up the only Dodger run in the top of the 6th before righting the ship for a 1-2-3 top of the 7th.
What about the bats? The Dogs started out hot hot hot in the 1st inning with a Kendrick walk, a Ethier single, and a Puig RBI. Yaz drove Ethier in after Van Smash struck out to make it 2-0. Alex Guerrero homered in the 2nd inning to give the dogs another bone. 3-0. Things cooled off until the 6th when Van Smash lined a base hit into left field and stole second a moment later. Austin Barnes sac’d him in to make it 4-1, but was thrown out at second base. Charlie Culberson (ex-Rockies, Giants but only played 5 games with The Isotopes in AAA last year) torpedoed a triple and Hernandez provided the sac fly to make it 5-1. The last run came in the 7th from third baseman Rob Segedin who split time last year with the Trenton Thunder (.379 OBP in 25 games) and The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (.350 OBP in 46 games). Segedin smoked a double, driving in Corey Brown, who had walked earlier.
Were there any glaring errors? Nope. Matt West closed the game out with a first pitch groundout, followed by two speedy eliminations. 6-1 Dodgers. Goodnight, Glendale! Check back tomorrow for Game 2 coverage!