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Dodgers Dominate Padres in Spring Training Opener with a Stunning 14-1 Score

In a spectacular display of offensive prowess, the Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the San Diego Padres 14-1 in the MLB spring training opener on Thursday at Peoria Stadium. The game featured a remarkable eight-run first inning for the Dodgers, highlighted by Kevin Padlo’s two-run homer.

The Dodgers wasted no time making an impact, scoring all 14 of their runs in just two innings. Teoscar Hernandez and Chris Owings contributed to the first-inning onslaught with two-run, ground-rule doubles. The offensive showcase continued in the sixth inning, adding six more runs to the tally.

Gavin Stone, who pitched the first inning, earned the win for the Dodgers, striking out one without allowing a baserunner. The Dodgers showcased their pitching depth, with eight more pitchers each throwing one inning, including Stephen Gonsalves, who impressed with three strikeouts in the sixth.

Padres’ starter Joe Musgrove had a challenging outing, chased out of the game after facing only four batters without recording an out. The Padres utilized a total of 12 pitchers in an attempt to halt the Dodgers’ offensive onslaught.

The Dodgers’ dominance extended to the plate, with twelve players contributing one hit apiece. Notably, Shohei Ohtani, a marquee signing for the Dodgers during the offseason, did not play in the opener but is expected to join the action during spring training after recovering from last season’s surgery.

Thursday’s game, a preview of the regular season’s opening series in Seoul, South Korea, was aired nationally on ESPN and locally on SportsNet LA. Fans witnessed an impressive performance from the Dodgers, who made significant headlines during the offseason with key signings like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

The Padres, coming off a disappointing 2023 season, faced challenges as their starter Joe Musgrove struggled, and they had to deploy multiple pitchers to navigate the Dodgers’ offensive barrage. The Padres made significant moves in the offseason, including trading Juan Soto to the New York Yankees and dealing with the unsigned reigning NL Cy Young winner Blake Snell.

As the MLB spring training unfolds, the Dodgers’ commanding performance against the Padres sets a high bar for the upcoming season. Fans can anticipate more exciting matchups as the two teams gear up for their regular-season opener in Seoul on March 20-21. The spring training victory not only showcased the Dodgers’ offensive firepower but also highlighted the team’s pitching depth and potential for a successful season ahead.