The Dodgers started the 2022 season with a bang Friday afternoon, using a five-run fourth inning to defeat the Colorado Rockies to start the season 1-0.
Although he fell behind at the start of the second inning, when Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler allowed the Rockies a pair of runs, on a newly acquired Randal Grichuk RBI pitch and an RBI single barely two hitting later from another new face in shortstop Jose Iglesias, the Boys in Blue rebounded in spectacular fashion.
The brief onslaught, which lasted only the start of the fourth inning, saw the Dodgers score five runs on five hits.
It started with a Gavin Lux single that drove both Will Smith and Chris Taylor, who had already hit base with their own hits a few batters earlier.
Mookie Betts doubled up quickly after, scoring Lux first and giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Freddie Freeman then walked and pitched a change sending Colorado starter Kyle Freeland to the showers after just 4.2 innings pitched.
With Tyler Kinley on the mound, the Dodgers scored again on a Trea Turner single that scored Betts and a wild pitch that Freeman was able to advance on, putting them up 5-2.
LA’s newest closest Craig Kimbrel shut the door on a potential Rockies comeback, after a pair of doubles from Elias Diaz and Charlie Blackmon scored one in the bottom of the ninth, before hitting Kris Bryant to end the game.
Buehler took the win, going five innings and striking out five, allowing runs and two walks on just 76 pitches. The Dodgers threw five players on the mound, as Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen and Daniel Hudson all earned catches on the contest.
Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner were the only two no-hitters in the game, while the Dodgers’ first four hitters (Betts, Freeman, T. Turner, J. Turner) struck out twice.
The 5-3 victory is the third opening day victory for the Boys in Blue in the past four years.