Outman homers in first MLB at-bat, Dodgers top Rockies 7-3

DENVER (AP) – James Outman homed on the first swing of his first big-league plate appearance and finished with three hits and three RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Sunday and a July 21 win. closed with.

Freddie Freeman added three hits and an RBI, passing teammate Tree Turner for the MLB lead in the hit. Tony Gonsolin (12-1) returned from his first loss of the season as the Dodgers ended the month 21-5, breaking the franchise record for most wins in July. He scored 147 runs in the month.

“Obviously, I’ve dreamed of it, playing wiffle balls in the back yard and things like that,” Outman said of homering in his first bat. “I never really thought it was going to be something that was about to happen. It’s awesome. When I hit it I thought it had a chance. I didn’t want to be the first person to hit the ball off the wall.” And it was the single for my first hit, so I was running out of the box.

Outman became the eighth Dodgers player in franchise history – the fourth since moving to Los Angeles – in his first career plate appearance for Homer, joining Jose Offerman (1990), Gary Ingram (1994) and Keibert Ruiz (2020) . Outman had 21 homers in 90 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma this season before being promoted on Saturday.

He is the only Los Angeles Dodgers in franchise history with three hits and three RBIs in his first game, and he is the first major leaguer since Joey Gallo to have three hits, including a homer and three RBIs. Gallo did it on June 2, 2015.

“Historic – what a start,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Really fun to watch. You can just see his joy. A day he’s dreamed about, and for him to play like this. Today was about James Outman, and I’m more than happy Cannot be done.

The 25-year-old outman, on a 1-1 count, scored a 95 mph delivery from German Marquez (6-9) to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead after Cody Bellinger singled out to open the third inning . Homer landed in the Dodgers’ bullpen and was retrieved by Alex Vescia, who passed it to the outman at the clubhouse.

“I’m going to stare at it for a long time, and then I’m going to put it in my childhood room next to all my other baseball stuff,” Outman said of the ball. “I have a shelf of all my Little League home runs. This could be the top of them all.”

Outman scored and singled out in the seventh inning and went into a run in the eighth with a right-center wall double to help extend the Dodgers’ lead to 7-3. The Outman was the Dodgers’ seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.

“I’m usually trying to hit the ball as far as I can, hit a line drive somewhere,” Outman said.

Gonsolin conceded three runs – all in the third inning – and five hits while six hits and one was underway. He has conceded at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts, after conceding two or fewer runs in his first 15. He has played a career-high 104 2/3 innings this season.

“Everyone goes through their ups and downs,” said Gonsolin, whose age is 2.41. “Hopefully, it’s just a quick down and we can change that at the next start.”

Brian Cervan hit home for Colorado to open a three-run third run off Gonsolin, and the Rockies hit batter, walk, and dribbler on the chalk below the third-base line to load the base without getting the ball out of the infield. . Grichuk took a 3-2 lead with a single to the right.

Grichuk had his third consecutive multi-hit game and took 7 for 16 in the four-match series.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the fourth inning to lead 4–3, taking advantage of the Rockies’ sloppy defense. With a runner on first and one out, second baseman Brendan Rodgers faced a potential innings-ending double play grounder before being dismissed in the first. After a walk placed the runners first and second, Bellinger doubled in one run, and scored the second when Grichuk mistimed the ball.

“Some strange things happened,” said Rockies manager Bud Black. “You can’t do that against a good team.”

the hits keep coming

Freddie Freeman (128) and Tree Turner (127) are 1-2 in the major leagues in hits, with Freeman overtaking his teammate with a three-hit game on Sunday, when Turner extended his hitting streak with a first-innings single. Extended to 18. Both are attempting to become the sixth pair of teammates to finish 1-2 in the league in hits in the live ball era.

Turner led the NL in hits in 2020 and 2021 and will be the second player in major league history to lead the league in three straight seasons. Ichiro led the majors in five straight seasons with Seattle, 2006–2010.

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Rodgers extended his home hitting streak to 12 games on Sunday and scored 9 for 16 in the four-match series against the Dodgers. Among major league second basemen, Rodgers finished in the top two in four offensive categories – 100 hits (tied for first), 23 doubles (tied for first), 154 total bases (tied for second) and 49 RBIs (tied for second).

roster moves

RHP Chris Martin joined the Dodgers on Sunday, a day later obtained from the Chicago Cubs for OF Zach McKinstry. Martin defined the roles as “reliever”.

“Wherever we see something appropriate to boycott, that’s when he’s going to pitch,” Roberts said.

Martin was 1-0 with the Cubs this season with 4.31 in 31 1/3 innings, with 40 strikes and four walks. The Dodgers substituted RHP Jake Reed for Triple-A Albuquerque for a spot on the roster.

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Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) missed his fourth straight game on Sunday. A recent MRI was negative, but “there is still some sensation,” Roberts said. “We don’t need to push him.” Turner has to play catch and run on Monday, and the earliest he can be back in the lineup is against San Francisco on Thursday, Roberts said. … IF/OF Chris Taylor (leg) is to begin rehab work on Monday. “I really can’t watch it in less than seven games,” Roberts said. Taylor hasn’t played since July 4. … RHP Blake Trainen (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a mock game in San Francisco on Wednesday. He has made three appearances this season last April 14.

Rockies: LF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) was dropped at the top of the sixth inning. After scoring on a single in the third inning, Bryant ran to the clubhouse before returning to the field, only to be relegated three innings later. … 1b CJ Crone had a day off. Krone, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist on July 8 in Arizona, is 3 for 36 with a homer and two RBIs since the All-Star break.


Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47 ERA) is to oppose RHP Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) in the first match of a four-match series in San Francisco. Haney scored four without a decision in his first appearance against Washington since he was activated from the injured list on Wednesday. The Dodgers are 6-0 at home and 0-3 on the road against the Giants this season.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatella (3-5. 4.90) is on course to oppose RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.38) in the first game of a four-game series in San Diego. Senzatela is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five roads this season, and the Rockies have lost all five. The Rockies lead 8-3 against the Padres this season.


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