You know they say it can take a mile to make a smile. The Dodgers were all smiles in the mile high after their 5-3 win over the Rockies on Opening Day. It only took getting their first come from behind win of the season. Notching their first win in the Freddie Freeman era wasn’t easy in that god awful ball park but the Dodgers had one big inning putting five runs on the board in the top of the fourth to erase a 3-2 deficit. It was Gavin Lux, my new whipping boy who came through with the game-tying hit in that frame. Lux’s two-run knock up the middle tied the game. For what it’s worth he reached base three times (two walks) and scored a run. How about that?! An RBI double from Mookie Betts, and a two-run ground ball single from Trea Turner brought in the rest of the runs (one scored on a wild pitch) for the boys in blue.
Starting pitcher Walker Buehler tossed five effective innings, holding Colorado to two runs on four hits with five punch-outs and two walks. He ran into trouble early when he allowed an RBI single to Jose Iglesias and an RBI ground out from Randall Grichuk scored the second run. It was good enough to earn the win. Opposing starter Kyle Freeland flummoxed the Dodgers early on with a flurry of off-speed stuff, but the Dodgers knocked him out of the game in that wild fourth inning. He still tallied six strikeouts. The Dodger bullpen took it the rest of the way.
Four relievers Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson and new closer Craig Kimbrel threw four innings of one-run ball allowing just three hits and striking out five. Yes I know Kimbrel allowed a meaningless run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but he still got the save, his first as a Dodger. I know there are a lot of people who don’t like him for whatever reason, but I think we should give him a chance. I’ll miss AJ Pollock too, but Kimbrel is a Dodger now and we must support him.
Freddie Freeman’s first game in Dodger Blue was a success. He was 1 for 3 with a single, walk, and scored a run. Chris Taylor recorded two hits and the Dodgers were 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position while leaving nine men on base. All things considered it was a successful opening day. Here’s to a successful season. Go Blue in 2022