The day began with the Dodgers getting their NLCS rings. Also rumors surfaced of a potential Matt Kemp for Ryan Braun trade. Maybe it’s an April fools joke. The Dodger’s bats needed to wake up. Kenta Maeda came to the rescue for the Dodgers today. The pitching has been great in this series for the Dodgers. The Dodgers gave Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager the night off. Austin Barnes and Kyle Farmer got in the lineup today.
The Dodgers came out on a mission. Chris Taylor started off with a walk against Derek Holland. Kiki Hernandez then came up and got a double. Yasiel Puig then hit a sacrifice fly to score the Dodgers first run of the season. Matt Kemp then singled in a run to make the score 2-0. In the bottom of the third Chris Taylor tripled. Hernandez followed that up with a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0.
Justin Turner is headed to Camelback Ranch to continue rehabbing his broken wrist. That means baseball activities will soon resume.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 1, 2018
In the bottom of the fourth with two outs, Kyle Farmer hit what seemed to be a fly ball. Gregor Blanco misplayed the ball and the Dodgers knocked in two more runs to make the score 5-0. The Giants never got a runner to third base. Maeda was in control today with mixing up his pitches. The defense showed up today too. Maeda pitched five innings and struck out 10.
Ross Stripling pitched two scoreless innings. Pedro Baez came on in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning. Scott Alexander who was acquired in the off-season came in and pitched a scoreless ninth inning and the Dodgers got their first victory.
“The sky isn’t falling anymore!” Justin Turner proclaims in hallway outside #Dodgers clubhouse
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 1, 2018
The Giants collected nine hits and left 10 runners on base. Right-hander Chris Stratton of the Giants opposes left-hander Rich Hill in the series finale. Stratton allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts in 2017 with a 2.42 ERA. Hill is 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 11 career starts against San Francisco.