In case you missed it, here is a series review of the Dodger’s opening series against the Padres at San Diego. The series couldn’t have gone any better for the Dodgers than it did. The Dodgers broke records, and I am sure that after the incredible performance in the opening series, their odds of winning the World Series on odds maker sites like baseball betting at william hill increased at least slightly. Or maybe not. Because it is the Padres after all, and the Padres are pretty bad at the baseballs.
The Dodgers set a franchise record by recording three consecutive shutouts to open the season. The 27 scoreless innings pitched was the second most to start a season in major league history. They outscored the Padres by a combined score of 25-0. The three starting pitchers for the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, and Japanese import Kenta Maeda all did not allow a single run. The Dodger offense scored 25 runs on 34 hits during the three game series.
Opening game- Dodgers defeat Padres 15-0
The opening day game was spectacular. Clayton Kershaw threw seven innings of shutout ball and struck out 9 Padre hitters. The Dodger offense rocked opposing starter Tyson Ross and the San Diego pitching staff scoring 15 runs on 17 hits. The Dodgers scored 12 runs in the final four innings. Every Dodger in the lineup had at least one hit and one run scored. Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez each had 3 hits. Yasiel Puig tripled and scored three runs. The Dodger bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to seal the victory.
Game 2- Dodgers defeat Padres 3-0
The good times continued the following night, as the Dodgers defeated the Padres 3-0. Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir made his Dodger debut and was fantastic. He threw six innings and allowed just one hit and struck out five. Corey Seager had three hits, and the Dodger’s bullpen did not allow a run in the final three frames. Kenley Jansen earned his first save of the 2016 season.
Game -3 – Dodgers defeat Padres 7-0
The Dodgers beat the Padres again in dominating fashion during the series finale. Japanese import Kenta Maeda was the star of the game. He not only did it with his arm, but also hit bat. On the mound he threw six innings and allowed no runs on five hits while striking out four. At the plate he slugged his first major league home run in the fourth inning against opposing starter Andrew Cashner. The Dodgers mobbed him in the dugout after his line drive home run cleared the left field wall. Puig added a solo shot of his own later, and Justin Turner, and Joc Pederson each had two hits apiece. Yimi Garcia, J.P. Howell, and Joe Blanton each pitched a scoreless frame in relief to preserve the win.