After the Dodgers hammered the Padres on opening day, and handed a win to them last night by benching two of their best offensive weapons, the rubber match was next up on the schedule.
Rich Hill took the mound for his 2017 debut. Although he’s pitcher number three in the starting rotation, he’s my choice for ace number two on this pitching staff.
Hill and his curveball started out fast. He faced the minimum amount of batters in the first inning with a strike out and a double play.
The Dodgers’ offense also came out like a team with a mission in the first inning. Corey Seager started things off with a double, and Adrian Gonzalez followed up with a ground rule double of his own to score Seager. Gonzalez then came home on a Padres throwing error. After one complete inning, the boys in blue were up 2-0.
Hill was steady, not giving up a base hit until the fourth inning. wil Meyers was the first Padre to get a hit. Later Myers tried to steal second, but Hunter Renfroe poked the ball foul. Myers slid head first into second, and didn’t know the ball was foul.
Myers stood up and asked Forsythe what happened? Forsythe told Myers he was OK to stay there, on second. It became comical when the umpires directed Meyers back to first and he realized Forsythe had joked him.
Meyers insisted on stealing and was thrown out by Yasmani Grandal a couple of pitches later. That was an important out because Renfroe blasted one out to make the score 2-1.
Then came the bottom of the fourth and Puig happened! Yasiel launched a solo homer deep into the pavilion to put the Dodgers up 3-1.
By the sixth inning, Rich Hill had three walks. On one hand, he was being squeezed awfully tight by the home plate umpire. On the other, Hill’s biggest enemy was himself. He had a good bit of trouble dropping in that strike three pitch, so he kept letting batters with two strikes get off the hook. On the bright side, his defense played well behind him and kept the Padres from ever mounting a serious threat.
Sergio Romo had his Dodgers debut in the 6th. His first batter hit a lazy fly out, but the next batter hit a ground rule double. However, Romo escaped without surrendering a run.
Kenley vs the Padres:
Solarte – 3u
Renfroe – K swinging
Jansen went 1,2,3 and cemented the win for the boys!
Rich Hill went 5 innings with 2 hits, one earned run, 3 walks and 5 Ks. 75 pitches and 46 strikes.
Hill gets the win. Jansen gets his first save.
“The Award You Don’t Want Award” goes to Corey Seager, with three strike outs tonight. Enjoy your golden sombrero! Better luck tomorrow.
Home Run: Yasiel Puig
It’s an afternoon game tomorrow, and yours truly will be there!