You know if the Dodgers were somehow able to win the World Series on opening day, they would have seven additional championships by now. Monday afternoon’s win now gives them seven consecutive wins on opening day, and third consecutive opening day win over the Padres. It always helps when you have Clayton Kershaw pitching, naturally he’s pretty darned good on opening day. Coming into today’s match he was 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA on opening day for the Dodgers.
There was really no comparison or competition as Kershaw matched up against San Diego junk ball thrower Jhoulys Chacin. The Dodgers beat the Padres last year 15-0, and this year there wasn’t much difference. The Dodgers creamed the Padres defeating them by a 14-3 score. Kershaw tossed seven innings allowing just two measly hits (ground ball single from Yangervis Solarte in the first inning and solo home run to Ryan Schimpf in the seventh ) and struck out 8 with zero walks. Kershaw allowed just two base runners and made 84 pitches.
Padres 3 5 0
Dodges 14 14 1
The Dodger bats exploded off of San Diego’s terrible pitching. It was a site to see. The Dodgers hit three home runs in the game which included a grand slam from Joc Pederson in the third inning, a solo shot from Yasmani Grandal immediately after, and a three-run homer from Corey Seager in the fifth. Grandal would hit two home runs from each side of the plate. The Dodgers scored one run in the bottom of the second, five runs in the third, and three in the fourth and fifth frames. Grandal’s second homer (from the right side) gave the Dodgers 14 runs. Justin Turner had three hits, Joc had five runs batted in and every Dodger in the lineup had at least one hit. Every Dodger scored a run. Kershaw scored twice. Even Yasiel Puig got a hit.
(Here’s Kershaw’s first whiff of 2017)
The game started out on a sour note though as the Dodgers allowed an unearned run in the top of the first thanks to some sloppy glove work. After Kershaw struck out Manuel Margot for the first out of 2017, Corey Seager’s throwing error on Wil Myer’s routine grounder put him in scoring position with one out. I still think Gonzo should have been able to pick that, but Seager drew the error. Then a wild pitch that rolled a few feet away from Grandal allowed Myers to move to third. With the infield drawn in (for some reason) Solarte’s grounder past the diving Seager scored Myers to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers scored their first run in the second inning. Adrian Gonzalez’s ground-rule double was the first hit of 2017. Logan Forsythe’s line drive single to center advanced Gonzo to third but he’s too slow to score. Gonzo does score lumbering home on a Joc Pederson sacrifice fly to right. Tie score.
The fun continued in the third frame. With two outs, Justin Turner doubled off the wall in center. Chacin and the Padres intentionally Walk Gonzo and Forsythe is hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then this happened…..
Joc inside outs a line drive grand slam down the right field line, landing just in the field seats in the right field corner. That gives the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. And then this happened as well…..
Grandal’s bomb puts the Dodgers up by a 6-1 score. Chacin would not be pulled until the bottom of the fourth inning. Kershaw singles, getting in on the fun. Toles singles to center. Turner’s double that lands just fair inside the chalk is upheld by a review challenge. Kershaw scores and the Dodgers lead 7-1. Chacin is finally removed and Christian Betancourt is brought in to replace him. He immediately uncorks a wild pitch as Toles scores. The score is 8-1 Dodgers. In the process of his slide he spikes Betancourt in the knee. He would stay in the game but didn’t look good. He then uncorks another wild pitch to score another run. Dodgers lead 9-1.
The Dodgers put three more on the board in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Puig doubles, Kershaw walks and after Toles pops out Seager does this…….
The three-run shot gives the Dodgers a 12-1 lead. At this point we can safely put this game in the fridge right? Even with a Chris Hatcher appearance in the top of the eighth the Padres had no chance. Grandal added a second home run in the eighth inning to put the Dodgers ahead 14-3.
Don’t get cocky though. Sure it’s always nice to win on opening day, but it’s only one game. Try to not make too many declarations after watching the first game. We still don’t know anything yet. There’s going to be losing. The Dodgers are going to eventually lose a game. There will be winning too. There will be ups and downs and moments that will make your heart stop and moments that will make you frustrated. That’s the baseball season for you. I’m so glad that the Dodgers are back. I’m so glad you guys are here with us. The season goes on with game two tomorrow night. Southpaw Clayton Richard will battle Kenta Maeda at 7:10 PM. Remember Tuesday night’s game will be on KTLA 5.