After one of the most bizarre series of events that occurred in the opening Colorado series, the first road trip of the season continued and concluded with a trip to Oakland to tangle with the Athletics, aka the A’s. The A’s were winless in the first four previous games, and the Dodgers were looking to add to their ongoing three-game winning streak entering Monday’s game.
April 5th- A Milestone is Reached – Justin Turner’s 500th RBI
The first inning saw Mookie Betts ground out, and Corey Seager drew a walk. Justin was unable to move the runner as he went down on strikes. The second inning saw him ground out and the fourth inning was the same result. In the fifth, there was contact, but it was a lineout.
Turner had to wait until the eighth inning of this game to collect his career 500th run batted in with a solo home run off Sergio Romo. Congratulations on this historic feat! In the ninth, he celebrated by also collecting his 501st RBI with a single past Elvis Andrus, scoring Zach McKinstry.
Dodgers win 10-3
April 6th- Designated Hitter
JT got a two-out double in the first. A strikeout by A.J. Pollock kept him stranded at second base.
A leadoff single in the third, and Justin scored via the next batter, Max Muncy, courtesy of a round-tripper. Next came a flyout in the fourth, a groundout in the seventh, and a lineout in the ninth was all she wrote.
Dodgers win 5-1.
April 7th- Series Finale
Chris Taylor led off the game with a walk. Corey Seager was also the recipient of a walk, but Turner could advance or bring in the runners since he struck out.
The second inning saw him fly out—a groundout in the fifth.
A double in the seventh brought home Chris Taylor, who was hit by a pitch to open up the inning.
His walk in the ninth was not cashed in as he only got as far as second base. This was the theme of this game, and it was ultimately the cause of the winning streak coming to an end.
Dodgers lose 4-3.
During this series, his stats weren’t really eye-popping, but his 500th career R.B.I. really shows how long he has contributed to this organization and how much it meant to us when he decided with Los Angeles. I said this once, and I’ll say it again, thank you to the New York Mets for him.
April 8th- Off Day for the Team
After the off-day, it was time for the team to travel home for their first series at Dodger Stadium in 2021 against the 2019 World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals. I feel like the off day was well placed since the next day was set to be full of emotion from honoring the memory of Tommy Lasorda, the championship ring celebration, the revealing of the championship flag and banner. The festivities started around 11:45 am, which could throw off the players’ routine.
April 9th- Home opener (with 15,036 fans!)
In the first inning, Turner got a single. Another single followed this up in the fourth.
In the sixth inning, he completed his perfect day at the plate when he had the game-winning home run. It was the best way to conclude the day full of festivities, memories, and celebrations.
Dodgers win 1-0.
April 10th- Second home game
Unlike the previous day, this first inning didn’t result in a hit, and it was a strikeout. In the third, it was a flyout. In the fifth inning, he was able to bring in Corey Seager via a double. Justin got on base with a double and eventually scored on AJ Pollock’s double in the seventh. A pop out in the eighth ended his afternoon at the plate.
Dodgers win 9-5.
April 11th- Series finale
A flyout in the first, a groundout in the fourth. In his last at-bat of the game, he grounded into a double play in the sixth.
SWEEP! Dodgers win 3-0.
Overall I feel as though this week Turner showed his consistency. In the second game against the Nationals, he showed us a perfect game at the plate, including the game-winning home run. In the Oakland series, he showed how valuable he has been with the franchise with Justin Turner’s 500th RBI. I am so glad he came to our franchise and showed us his defensive and offensive skills.
R: 4 (7)
Hits: 10 (14)
RBI: 5 (9)
AB: 26 (37)
BB: 1 (3)
2B: 4 (5)
3B: 0 (0)
HR: 2 (2)
SB: 0 (0)
For last week’s recap, click here.
For more on Justin Turner’s season stats, click here.
For more on the deal that kept Justin home in LA, click here.