As Joe Davis put it, the Dodger’s 2019 is off to a roaring start. The Dodgers set a major league record by blasting 8 home runs in their 12-5 opening day bludgeoning of the Arizona Dbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The game couldn’t have gone any better as six different Dodgers (Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, and Max Muncy) hit home runs. There was ten home runs hit overall in the game with the Snakes hitting two (Adam Jones, Christian Walker) solo shots later in the game.
The pitching match-up pitted old frenemy Zack Greinke against southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu. With Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill both opening the year on the injured list, the Dodgers turned to Ryu and he was fantastic. Ryu dominated for the majority of the day, while Greinke got lit up like a Christmas tree. It certainly was a sight to see.
It’s important to note that the Dodgers had hit 14 home runs against Greinke previously. Greinke gave up five homers in his 3.2 innings, which brings the total up to 19 for this current Dodger group. This was constant fireworks throughout the day. Wasn’t it wonderful that it came against Greinke?
Dbacks 5 9 0
Dodgers 12 12 0
The Dodgers started out by scoring one run in the bottom of the first, two more in the second and four in the fourth, eventually chasing Greinke from the game in that fourth frame. Joc Pederson, (the star of the game with a 3 for 5 2 HRs 4 RBI performance) collected the first hit of 2019 with a double to left over David Peralta’s head. Later in the inning he would score on a Max Muncy grounder.
The Dodgers kept the pressure on Greinke as the veteran continued to leave balls up in the zone. The Dodgers made him pay. In the bottom of the second Austin Barnes singled into left and after a Ryu Sacrifice bunt advanced him to second, he would score on a two-run bomb from Joc that landed over the center field wall. That made the score 3-0 Dodgers.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth. The Dodgers would go back-to-back. With Bellinger aboard, Enrique Hernandez homered, (hits first of two) and then Barnes would follow with a blast of his own. The Dodgers would take a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile Ryu was cruising. He worked around an Eduardo Escobar singled in the first inning and struck out the side. (Wilmer Flores, Peralta and Jones) He then retired the side in order in the top of the second, and struck out John Ryan Murphy in the third to keep the Snakes off the board. He struck out two more in the fourth inning en route to another scoreless frame.
The Dodgers continued to smash. In the bottom of the sixth, Joc hit another home run, a massive blast deep into the right field corner with Hernandez aboard that made the score 9-1 Dodgers. The only blemish on the night for Ryu was a solo home run from Jones in the sixth. Overall Ryu pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits. He walked none and struck out eight while tossing 82 pitches.
The Dodgers hit three more home runs in the bottom of the seventh. First a Max Muncy blast, and then a Belli bomb to deep center. Finally Hernandez hit his second home run of the game, a line drive smash to left center. The Dodgers were up 12-2.
So with the Dodgers up by ten runs, the dredges of the pitching staff, (I.E. Yimi Garcia, and Brock Stewart) were called into the game to get some low leverage outs. Garcia’s first pitch was a home run to Christian Walker. Then he settled down and retired the side in order. Next was Brock Stewart. The potential long man tossed a scoreless top of the eighth, including getting Escobar to ground into an inning ending double play. Then he allowed three runs in the top of the ninth, which included two doubles, two sacrifice flies, and a single. He secured the final out when Murphy grounded out to short and the Dodgers win it.
More than anything, this game tells you the disparity of talent between the two clubs. The Dbacks are terrible. They’re almost like playing the Padres and the Dodgers are clearly more talented. It’s not even close folks. So go celebrate today, grab a beer and toast to the Dodger’s first victory of 2019. One down and 161 to go. The Dodgers and Dbacks play on Friday evening in the second game of the four game set. Left hander Robbie Ray will counter Ross Stripling at 7:10 PM PST.