Dodgers hit four more home runs, power past Braves

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, front left, jokes with teammate Russell Martin before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAtlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches the flight of a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. steals second base in the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, front left, jokes with teammate Russell Martin before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)NextShow Caption1 of 7Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ExpandATLANTA — When Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talks about his team’s offense this season, he uses a golf analogy. When it comes to scoring runs, he says, they have a lot of different clubs in their bag.But they sure like to use the driver.Cody Bellinger hit his major-league leading 41st home run. Max Muncy hit his 30th, a three-run go-ahead shot in the seventh inning. Justin Turner followed that with his 13th since the start of July – the 14th time this season (and the third time in the past four games) the Dodgers have gone deep in consecutive at-bats. And Will Smith hit the 10th home run of a rookie season that was mainly spent in Triple-A until three weeks ago.It was another power lift as the Dodgers rode the home runs to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Friday night. The Braves’ bullpen has been combustible and the spark had been struck. Another pinch-hitter, Kyle Garlick, drew a walk from Newcomb. The Braves left-hander got ahead of Muncy, 0-and 2, but missed low with a slider then hung one at 1-and-2. It disappeared into the seats along with the Braves’ lead.“He started me off with two breaking balls. At that point, i figured that was going to be their plan of attack,” Muncy recalled. “He tried to throw a heater by me. I was able to foul it off and in my mind I immediately went back to spin, figuring that would be what he would try. It kind of popped out of his hand a little bit, didn’t go where he wanted it to go. I was able to get the barrel to it.”The homer made Muncy the first Dodger with consecutive 30-homer seasons since Green in 2001 and 2002. Reaching that mark in a follow-up to last year’s breakout season brought a smile to Muncy’s face.“That’s a cool number to me. It just means a lot considering where I came from not too long ago,” said Muncy who was cut loose by the Oakland A’s in January 2017 and didn’t find a new job until the Dodgers signed him to a minor-league contract that April.Newcomb’s next pitch was a grooved first-pitch fastball to Turner that also found a home in the bleacher seats.An inning later, Smith took another lefty reliever, Jerry Blevins, deep for a two-run home run. According to Stats LLC, Smith and Gary Sanchez of the Yankees are the only catchers since 1920 to hit 10 or more home runs in their first 25 big-league games. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I just thought Kenta wasn’t sharp either and really didn’t use the fastball effectively, wasn’t convicted with it,” Roberts said, his frustration evident. “I think it was the fourth inning where he started to kind of go after it and be on the attack more. You saw the swing and miss and it made his secondaries play up. That’s what we’ve talked about time and time again with him.”Braves starter Mike Soroka got the Dodgers to hit into three double plays in 6 2/3 innings and had a one-run lead, 3-2, when the quality at-bats of which Roberts boasts started to add up.A.J. Pollock came off the bench with a pinch-hit single to extend the inning and Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled Soroka for Sean Newcomb.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Everyone can do it. Everyone can put it over the fence,” Smith said of the Dodgers’ lineup. “It’s always fun to hit the longball and watch it go over the fence.”Over their past five games, the Dodgers have hit at least four home runs in each game, 22 in all – both of those are major-league records. Bellinger and Muncy are the first Dodgers teammates with 30 or more home runs in the same season since Shawn Green and Gary Sheffield in 2001.“I guess the numbers don’t lie. We do hit the ball out of the ballpark,” said Roberts, fighting against the stereotyping of a team that leads the National League with 215 home runs this season. “I still will stand by the fact that our at-bat quality is as good as there is in the big leagues.”He can point to Friday’s seventh inning as a prime example.Bellinger hit his 41st home run in the second inning — his fourth in the past five games after hitting just three in the previous 21 — but the Braves took the lead with three runs in the bottom half as Kenta Maeda wandered through a wayward start that also saw him strike out seven consecutive batters — but fail to complete five innings for the second time in his past three outings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

I-35 UPDATE — Interstate south from Northwood to open at noon, northbound still closed

first_imgSOUTHBOUND INTERSTATE 35 TO REOPEN AT NOON TODAY; NORTHBOUND REMAINS CLOSEDPOSTED ON: FEBRUARY 25, 2019 AMES, Iowa – Feb. 25, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, will be reopening southbound Interstate 35 from the Northwood exit south at noon today. Once the interstate opens, winter conditions on the roadway will still make traffic difficult. Please slow down and use caution.Northbound I-35 will remain closed for the time being. The Iowa DOT and Iowa State Patrol are working closely with the Minnesota DOT and Minnesota State Patrol to coordinate the opening of the northbound lanes to assure a safe flow of traffic between the two states. We are hopeful the northbound lanes will be reopened later this afternoon.For large trucks looking for a place to park until the northbound lanes open, please utilize Prairie Meadows in Altoona or Hilton Coliseum in Ames. NOTE: All vehicles must be moved out of the Hilton Coliseum parking lot by 4 p.m. today due to the Iowa State University men’s basketball game tonight. For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). Stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html.last_img read more