The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers faced off in the first exhibition game of 2020. The two NL West rivals were eager to start the exhibition season agaist one another, as this will be a precursor to the regular season.
Home-run After Home-run
With RHP Mitchell White on the mound for LA, the D-Backs’ Ketel Marte started it off, hitting a home run deep into right field, putting Arizona up early. However, RHP Taylor Widener was unable to hold the momentum Marte started. That was made known the moment Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam within the same inning.
By the end of the first inning, the D-Backs were already down 4 to 1. It was not the best start for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and based on the early tone of the game, it wasn’t going to get any better.
L.A.’s Offense Dominates
The D-Backs went down scoreless in the second inning. However when it came down to offense, the Dodgers dominated. The Dodgers scored five runs through the game after the first inning. By the ninth inning, the D-Backs had just four hits and two runs. The Dodgers ended the game with nine runs on13 hits, Neither team committed any erros.
The first exhibition game for the two teams ended by a final of 9-2 in favor of the Dodgers.
Play-off in The Future
Does this game really mean anything when it comes to future predictions of who will go on into the play-offs? No, but it could foreshadow things to come. Although the exhibition games are meant for practice, it also brings up the possible weaknesses that the team could have. For example, Los Angeles’ offense dominated Arizona’s, but when it came to defense both teams were able to level-up to one another.
Practice Games Reveals Problems
Practice games are able to reveal minor problems for the managers. Things which may not have been observed during Spring Training. What this exhibition games revealed, is that there is a long road ahead for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Fans throughout the US hope that this being just the first exhibition game, that the team just needs a little fine tuning before th season starts. The 60-game season begins next week, and D-Backs’ fans are hoping last night’s game wasn’t some sort of ominous forboding.
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