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The LA Dodgers have paid tribute to legendary sportsman Vin Scully, who died at the age of 94 on August 2, 2022.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers return to Dodgers Stadium days after the death of legendary sportscaster Vin Scully to defeat the San Diego Padres 8-1. This first game of their weekend series was dedicated to Scully’s life and legacy.

Scully had a 67-year career with the Dodgers, posting 9,000 plate appearances and over 20 no-hitters. Before the game, the Dodgers took center field and general manager Dave Roberts gave a speech in Scully’s honor.

“Vin was a man of character, integrity, class, a true gentleman,” Roberts said in the speech. “He wasn’t just a Dodger, he loved the game of baseball.”

The general manager had all 52,714 fans in the ballpark say his iconic catchphrase: “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”

They showed the episode of “Backstage: Dodgers” which was around his last day announcing for the Dodgers in the regular season. A microphone icon is painted on the pitcher’s mound. Known for his superb storytelling skills, they released a recording of him telling an anecdote about him and Jackie Robinson competing in ice skating.

Through the end of the season, Dodgers players will wear black patches with the words “Vin” and a microphone emblazoned on them to commemorate the legendary sports commentator.

Pitcher Tony Gonsolin started for the Dodgers, throwing five innings and striking out six. Padres starting pitcher Sean Manaea went four innings, striking out seven.

The Dodgers scored four runs to start the night. Will Smith hit a two RBI double and Hanser Alberto did the same two batters later. The Padres dropped a catch that allowed the Dodgers to advance the bases.

Manaea picked up the save for the Padres in the second, allowing just three at bats. However, the Dodgers found their offense in the third. Freddie Freeman singled and Trea Turner followed by hitting a double. That set up Chris Taylor for a 2RBI double, putting the Dodgers up 6-0.

Before Cody Bellinger was ready, the Padres got two straight outs. Bellinger also hit an RBI double, tying the score at eight runs.

A wreath stands out in front of the Vin Scully Press box (Amanda Scurlock/LA Sentinel)

“I’m definitely trying to attack guys and stay ahead,” Gonsolin said. “It’s great when our hitters hit like they do, it gives a lot of that support.”

The Padres got on the board in the final inning when Brandon Drury hit a sacrifice bunt, allowing Josh Bell to sprint out. The next hit ended the game.

Manny Machado and new Padres signing Juan Soto received generous jeers from the sold-out crowd at Dodgers Stadium. Newly crowned Home Run Derby champion Soto was the main conversation around the MLB trade deadline when he was with the Washington Nationals.

Last week, he helped the Nationals win two of three games against the Dodgers: he hit a two-run homer in Game 1 and homered in Game 2 at Dodgers Stadium.

Soto had three hits and one strikeout on Friday.

The Dodgers have game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.

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