Will Smith drives in 6 as Dodgers rout Nationals

first_imgIn the seventh inning, he came up with the bases loaded and missed a grand slam by a few feet, lining a three-run double off the wall in left-center field as the Dodgers broke the game open.“It’s just showing up and being ready to compete,” said Smith who has hit .345 (10 for 29) with four home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.256 OPS in 10 games over three promotions to the big leagues this year.“The older guys in this clubhouse make it way easier. Just be ready to go and when you’re name is called upon do what I do.”Asked if he expects to stay this time, Smith said only, “I hope so.”Smith’s home run was the first by a Dodgers catcher since Austin Barnes on June 20 (Smith hit a home run as a pinch-hitter on June 23). And his six RBIs are the most by a Dodgers catcher since Barnes drove in seven at San Diego on June 30, 2017. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “We have a long lineup as it is,” Robert said. “But obviously when you get a guy in there in Will who can turn the lineup over, who can drive in runs and who can hit a ball out of the ballpark it’s just tough to navigate. It really is.“Obviously we haven’t seen him a lot up here. But what we’ve seen, what we’ve learned about him and how he’s performed in Triple-A, just watching his swing and his demeanor — it’s real. He’s not going to drive in six every night. But I think you can bet on the quality and to do what he also does behind the plate, a two-way player, it’s pretty special.”Corey Seager also had two hits, including an RBI double, and Max Muncy scored three runs after two singles and a walk as the Dodgers feasted on a diminished Nationals pitching staff.Former UCLA left-hander Matt Grace gave the Nats two perfect innings as the “opener” before Joe Ross replaced him and was battered by the Dodgers hitters for seven runs on nine hits over the next five innings.“I think once they brought Ross in the game we just stayed in the big part of the field,” Roberts said. “I think you saw us take what Joe was going to give us — Muncy going the other way, Corey going the other way, obviously Will going the other way (for his home run). Staying on the breaking ball, the sinker away to the lefties — that right there was the damage.”The Nationals’ only damage against Kershaw came in the first inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Trea Turner and a triple to Adam Eaton who scored on a sacrifice fly.Kershaw allowed just one more hit in his six innings. The Nationals didn’t get another runner past first base against Kershaw until he issued back-to-back two-out walks in the sixth inning. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies WASHINGTON — Will Smith will always have fond memories of his time in Oklahoma City. But he can probably have all of his stuff boxed up and forwarded to Los Angeles.In his first start since returning from Triple-A, Smith had a home run and two doubles, driving in six runs and leading the Dodgers to a 9-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.“It’s impressive. Those are really good swings on all of them,” Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw said of his 24-year-old batterymate. “What can you say? It was really impressive all around.”Smith was recalled from Oklahoma City on Friday with promises from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of “a good runway” to become the team’s primary starter at catcher. Smith did not play Friday but hit a solo home run in his first at-bat Saturday, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to the center-field wall in his second at-bat then hit an RBI double his third time up. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Smith is the first Dodgers rookie with six RBIs in a game since James Loney had a nine-RBI game on Sept. 28, 2006. Only two other rookie catchers have had six RBIs in a game for the Dodgers, both with Brooklyn – Bernie Hungling (April 26, 1922) and Al Lopez (August 13, 1930).Between his start June 26 (after which Smith was sent back to OKC) and Saturday, Dodgers catchers (Barnes and Russell Martin) had a combined total of three extra-base hits and eight RBIs.Related Articleslast_img

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