SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Player Page for Max Muncy continues to prove his jersey No. 13 is anything but unlucky. It was a good number for the Dodgers as well, with them blasting the Padres, 13-4, on Wednesday night.Muncy, who was called up earlier in the week from Triple-A
SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Player Page for Max Muncy continues to prove his jersey No. 13 is anything but unlucky. It was a good number for the Dodgers as well, with them blasting the Padres, 13-4, on Wednesday night.
Muncy, who was called up earlier in the week from Triple-A Oklahoma City, hit his first home run in 20 months when he took Luis Perdomo deep to the opposite field in the Dodgers' five-run third inning. It gave Muncy, the first Dodgers player to wear No. 13 at OKC, a single, walk and a solo roundtripper in his first three plate appearances since joining the Dodgers.
"It was very nice," Muncy said. "It is always nice to get the first of anything out of the way, whether it's a hit or home run or a play in the field. It kind of gets the butterflies out of your stomach."
It was the heart of the hitting zone that Perdomo's pitch found. Muncy was ready.
"I was just looking for something hard over the plate," Muncy said. "I put one of my best swings on it and it felt good off the bat, so I had a pretty good feel for it."
Comfortable at either corner infield position, Muncy was summoned when John Forsythe (shoulder) landed on the disabled list. He played in 96 games with the A's in 2015-16 and spent last season at OKC. He opened some eyes with a solid camp in the spring as a non-roster invitee.
Muncy proved his prowess with his glove when he made a sensational play in the seventh inning.
With Muncy shaded toward the hole at shortstop, Chase Headley hit a sharp grounder down the third-base line. Muncy stuck his glove out on the backhand side and, from a couple of steps in foul territory, he rifled a strike to first baseman Cody Bellinger to retire Headley.
"I take a lot of pride in my defense, but I was afraid the ball was going to hit the bag," Muncy said. "So I was getting ready for a ricochet or something. But I got it and from there, I just kind of blacked out."
When he came to, he was still a Los Angeles Dodger, smack dab in a lineup that produced 18 hits.
"It's pretty impressive,'' he said, "and it's fun to be a part of it."
Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego.