The Dodgers got shut out Thursday night with a Joe Panik solo shot. Clayton Kershaw was in and out of trouble all night until Panik hit his shot. The Dodgers offense got shot down last night again with Justin Turner being out due to his wrist issues. So tonight instead of facing Ty Blach, the Dodgers would be facing shifty Johnny Cueto. The Dodgers brought Alex Wood to the mound, who got his opportunity to be the number two starter in the rotation.
Throughout the game, Alex Wood was dominant. The Dodgers who couldn’t hit Ty Blach last night, couldn’t seem to figure out Johnny Cueto. The Dodgers tried to figure out Johnny Cueto but to no avail. The Dodgers had 4 errors while Alex Wood battled to keep the Dodgers in the game. The game featured a total of three hits. Alex Wood pitched 8 innings of stellar ball. Wood proved he is a number two starter. Kenley Jansen came in to pitch the ninth inning. Dodger killer Joe Panik hit a solo shot off Jansen. So the long ball seems to be a problem for the Dodgers in the early going. Tonight was Kenley Jansen’s first loss at Dodger Stadium since July 3, 2015. This was his 106th home appearance.
The Dodgers are going through a World Series hangover and are really missing Justin Turner. I know its early but you have to figure that the offense was going to regress from last year. Even with Turner in the lineup the Dodgers will still need another stick. Giancarlo Stanton would’ve been perfect but I digress. Johnny Cueto retired 18 Dodgers in a row until Chris Taylor hit a single in the 7th inning. Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland came in for the Giants and finished off the Dodgers for the second straight night.
LHP Derek Holland makes his Giants debut against RHP Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers. Holland was 7-14 with a 6.20 ERA for the White Sox last year. He has only faced the Dodgers one other time in his career, back in 2009. Maeda is 3-1 with a 5.56 ERA in five career starts against San Francisco. The Dodgers will try to avoid the sweep later today.