LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Major League Baseball celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 debut with all players wearing number 42. Robinson’s number 42 was retired on April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of him breaking the color barrier in baseball.
Patrick Corbin commented on the privilege and magnitude of pitching on Jackie Robinson Day.
“There is so much history. What he’s done for the game is very special. This is my first time able to go out there with the jersey (number 42) and play on this day. It’s just a historic day and something special.”
The pre-game ceremonies must have carried over to the Los Angeles Dodgers bats. After the Arizona Diamondbacks were retired in order in the top of the first, the Dodgers erupted for two runs, on three straight hits, before the first out was recorded.
Corbin settled down and was able to limit the Dodgers to just one run through five innings, pitching out of jams.
“I felt pretty good. I made some mistakes there. A couple big ones with two strikes on guys. I thought I made some good pitches. I did work out of a couple jams. “In the fourth inning, with the bases loaded Corbin was able to get Adrian Gonzalez out, and he was pleased with that, “I thought I made good pitches to him all night.”
In the top of the second inning, Arizona got things going when Jake Lamb singled for the first hit of the game. Then light-hitting Nick Ahmed, who is a slick fielding shortstop blasted his first home run of the season, and giving his team a 3-2 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Dodgers (7-5) Austin Barnes jacked a high towering home run in the bottom of the inning, high off the foul pole. The home run was his first major league home run of his career.
With neither team scoring in the third inning, Ahmed came through again in the fourth inning with a single to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead. This was his second hit and fourth RBI of the night.
“He hits a big three-run home run that puts us up 3-2. He ends up having a run-scoring single. Those are special nights that everyone really values. He’s been a little sick, but he looks like he’s at full strength and it’s nice to see. “Said head coach Torey Lovullo.
The Dodgers tied the game in the fourth inning when Justin Turner was hit by a pitch to force home Logan Forsythe.
Yasiel Puig added on for Los Angeles with a three-run home run, his fourth of the season, and extended the lead to 8-4, which would be the final score.
The Dodgers offense had back to back games with double-digit hits. Tonight, they had 11 and were led by Puig, 3-3, Forsythe 3-3 and Seager 2-3.
Arizona (7-5) managed just five hits on the night, led by Ahmed, who was 2-3.
The game had 48,070 fans in attendance for this matchup at Dodger Stadium which also included a stadium giveaway of a replica Jackie Robinson Statue, similar to the one the Dodger unveiled prior to the start of the game.
Both teams back at it tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch at 1:10 MST. Arizona will send Taijuan Walker (1-1) while Rich Hill (1-0) for Los Angeles.