Welp everybody the Dodgers have done it. They’ve defeated the Padres on opening day and won the World Series. Thanks to the benefit of their perfect record and 1.000 winning percentage. Of course I joke. There is a lot more work to be done here. It’s always nice to win the first game though. The Dodgers did that and then some with an epic 15-0 victory on opening day.
The first lineup of the Dave Roberts era had Chase Utley batting lead-off and Corey Seager batting second. It seemed like a good idea to me and Utley and Seager made Roberts look very crafty. Utley went 3 for 5 with a double, two singles, hit by pitch, and a run scored. He reached base three times and drove in two. Seager had a good game, knocking in two with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.
The Dodger’s offense came out of the gates swinging. Far cry from the barren cupboard during the Freeway Series against the Angels. The Dodger offense scored 15 runs on 17 hits. Most importantly they got the clutch hits with runners on base. With runners in scoring position the Dodgers were 10 for 15.
Dodgers 15 17 0
Padres 0 4 2
The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the third, and put up five runs in the top of the sixth. The game started when Chase Utley’s bloop double was misplayed in center field by a diving Wil Meyers. Seager immediately scored him with a double off the wall in left to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Adrian Gonzalez (who had three RBI singles) scored Seager (after Justin Turner moved him over on a productive grounder) with the first of his two singles.
The Dodgers should have scored two in the third, but settled for one because Utley got thrown out at the plate. We can’t complain though because Gonzo’s second RBI single scored Turner and the Dodgers went ahead 3-0.
Clayton Kershaw was in cruise control the entire game. He started out by whiffing Jon Jay and retired the side in order in the bottom of the first. He struck out another (Myers) in the second inning, and three more over the next two innings (Ross, Kemp, Ramirez).
The Dodgers exploded for five more runs in the sixth inning. Yasiel Puig was hit by a pitch and it all started to unravel for Tyson Ross and the Padres. Carl Crawford beat out an infield single. Then Joc doubles in a run. Boom! A.J. Ellis singles home two. Boom! After Kershaw singles, Utley singles in a run. Seager’s sacrifice fly brings home the fifth run. The Dodgers lead 8-0.
The Dodgers scored three more in the seventh. Trayce Thompson (in to relieve Crawford) doubled home a run, and Utley again singled to score a pair. Dodgers lead 11-0. The Dodgers tacked on a few more to put the dagger further in the Padre’s coffin. Meaningless runs, but still fun nonetheless.
Opposing starter Tyson Ross had a really bad day. He was charged with seven earned runs on nine hits across 5.1 innings pitched. Ryan Buchter relieved him in the sixth inning. Kershaw continued to dominate throughout the game. At one point he retired 13 in a row. He finished the game with 96 pitches and allowed just one hit and one walk across seven shutout innings. He and struck out 9 and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning. This was just another walk in the park for Kershaw.
You could say today was a great way to start the season. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit and everyone scored at least once. Utley and Gonzalez each had three hits. The top four hitters in the Dodger lineup drove in seven of the Dodger’s 12 runs. Did you know that Kershaw’s opening day ERA is now 0.93? New Dodger Louis Coleman pitched the bottom of the eighth, and Yimi Garcia pitched the ninth.
I can’t remember the last time the Dodgers destroyed a team like this on opening day. Can you? I would have to look back in the record books. Speaking of records, this was Vin Scully’s final opening day game. That’s the only thing that could cast a pall on this wonderful game.
The Dodgers will do it all over again tomorrow evening. Scott Kazmir will counter James Shields at 7:10 PM. Join us again tomorrow. The Dodgers are undefeated so far this season. It feels pretty good to say that.