Scott Van Slyke douses Alex Guerrero after Guerrero hit a walk-off single to win their game against the Mariners, 6-5 in 10 innings Monday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
There were two games tonight at Dodger Stadium.
The first couple paragraphs of my game story quickly reflect that. The story for the early editions focuses on the ball flying out of Dodger Stadium — four home runs for the Mariners, one for the Dodgers — and the fact that this has been happening since Opening Day.
ESPN.com’s Park Factors for 2014 rated Dodger Stadium as the 27th-most hitter friendly park in baseball. In a handful of games this season, it’s one of the five most hitter-friendly parks in MLB. Oh, and all of tonight’s home runs came in the first five innings. Go figure.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, right, had a .327/.407/.462 slash line in spring training. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
To the extent that he can, Andre Ethier isn’t dwelling so much on his current role with the Dodgers.
Clearly, he doesn’t like it. Ethier did not start any of the Dodgers’ first three games of the season against the San Diego Padres.
He can’t like where his playing time is headed, either. Because the Dodgers have three days off among their next 12, manager Don Mattingly figures to keep Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig in the outfield.
“I try to do as best I can about keeping everybody involved in the lineup,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s a little tougher early because of the number of off-days. … As you get into the season, there are so many games, so many little nick injuries, guys need a break or a breather, it gets a lot easier as the season moves on.
The least important thing the Dodgers did today was lose a baseball game.
They did play, and they did lose, so we’re obligated to report that the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chicago White Sox. Chris Heisey hit a home run. In fact, Heisey has a hit in three of his last four games — homer, double, single. That would seem more impressive if his streak was not preceded by an 0-for-14 stretch. Heisey is batting .111 in Cactus League play; he talked about his slow start here.
Today’s highlight came in the second inning when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Check it out: