In the most anticipated series opener of the season at home the Dodgers folded up like a beach chair. Amidst all the excitement and hype the Dodgers rolled right over getting beaten and embarrassed by the Yankees 10-2 in the series opener. The game and series has potential to decide home field advantage in the World Series and the Dodgers simply did not give much effort. It’s really not a good look for them.
Southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu who carried a 1.46 ERA and a 0.86 ERA at home coming into the game was rocked for seven earned runs on nine hits across 4.1 innings. He did strike out seven against one walk but also gave up three home runs. Meanwhile New York starter James Paxton limited the vaunted Dodgers lineup to just two runs on five hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out 11 and walked none while throwing 109 pitches. He was absolutely fantastic. Of course the Dodgers usually don’t score at all in the first five innings every night but I guess you have to tip your cap to Paxton.
The Yankees started the scoring in the third inning when Aaron Judge smashed a home run into the left field pavilions. Gary Sanchez followed suit with a solo home run later in the inning to pad the Yankees lead to 2-0. The big blast came in the top of the fifth, chasing Ryu out of the game. Consecutive singles from DJ LeMahieu, and Judge and an intentional walk to Sanchez set the stage for a grand slam from Didi Gregorius (the first of his two) put the Yankees up 6-1. The dreadful Dodgers bullpen gave up three additional runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings. Gleyber Torres homered in the sixth and Judge singled in a run in the top of the eighth. Gregorius hit his second homer of the night in the top of the ninth. The bombers hit five home runs.
The Dodgers did very little with the bats. They tallied just six hits and scored twice. The first run plated in the bottom of the third when A.J. Pollock’s RBI single scored Enrique Hernandez. In the bottom of the seventh Chris Taylor doubled to left and one later Hernandez doubled him home. At that point it was 8-2 Yankees. The Dodgers would lose pathetically 10-2. The Dodgers are still 40 games above .500 with an 85-45 record but should be ashamed the way they got destroyed tonight.
Players weekend is shaping up to be a huge bust. Those uniforms don’t do much justice either. The Dodgers look to lose embarrassingly again on Saturday on National television when veteran C.C. Sabathia takes the mound for the Yankees. The Dodgers will give the ball to rookie Tony Gonsolin. Please man up Dodgers.