MarkTrumboFail

Clayton Kershaw starts season off right, Dodgers prevail 3-1 in opener

MarkTrumboFail

The Dodgers led off the 2014 MLB season with a 3-1 victory over the D-Backs on Opening Day in Sydney, Australia.

Clayton Kershaw gave the Dodgers the quality performance that’s become routine when he takes the hill, striking out seven in 6.2 innings while only allowing one run on five hits and a walk.


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The run given up by Kershaw was his first allowed in 25 Opening Day innings, and his Opening Day ERA is now 0.35.

As for the offense, it started with Adrian Gonzalez, who wanted to walk more in 2014, and he led off the top of the second with a four-pitch walk. Then things got weird, as Mark Trumbo Trumbo’ed a Scott Van Slyke fly ball to left in glorious/hilarious fashion.


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Yeah, buddy. Can’t wait for those measurements on Field F/X … cause wow.

Andre Ethier then cashed in A-Gon with the first RBI of the MLB season on a grounder to second, putting the Dodgers up 1-0.

To extend the lead, Van Slyke hit the first homer of the 2014 season after A-Gon reached on a strikeout wild pitch.


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That accounted for the last of the team’s three runs.

After Kershaw exited, the bullpen shut the game down. Chris Perez entered after Kershaw’s 102 pitches and got the final out of the seventh. Brian Wilson followed with an inning of scoreless work, striking out two. Kenley Jansen walked a man but had a strike out and managed to finish the game off without any real danger.

Also he threw this pitch, which is just stupid.


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That 1-2-3 punch could be lethal all year if the trio is right.

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-Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe combined to go 0-for-9 with five strikeouts, which means they should be benched.

-Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4 and looked a bit shaky in the field, accounting for at least one of Kershaw’s “hits” allowed.

-Alex Guerrero made his MLB debut by entering the game to face Oliver Perez … and then immediately exited for Mike Baxter after the D-Backs brought in J.J. Putz.



261 comments
Shroom
Shroom

Finally put some of my paintings up on the walls today instead of just stashing them throughout my house.

Ker$haw$Dodger$
Ker$haw$Dodger$

Anyone know of any bars in LA area with SportsnetLA?

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

So thats a good thing the d-bags burn two of their "home games" in Australia.. Hopefully we can take advantage again tonite.  Those two home games may pay BIG dividends for us later on in the season...

Shroom
Shroom

"The Dodgers are the road team, but are expected to wear their home white jerseys today. "

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

What am i misssing here:

baxter against RHP (142PA): .175.296.242.537

SVS against RHP (76PA):        .246.342.508.850

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@P_F_P  this committee has less people than the "Trade Matt Kemp" committee

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Catfishin  ZOMG! THEY GET BACK BEFORE THEY LEAVE. THIS IS LITERALLY THE FIRST TIME ANYONE HAS EVER NOTICED THIS. 

moneynow27
moneynow27

@steelmohawk  

At the very least, SVS deserves another start after yesterday's game.  More of the same from Donny.

TheConman
TheConman

@steelmohawk  the numbers im looking at (career splits) look slightly different, but tell the same story

Lobo
Lobo

@steelmohawk The better question is what's Don missing?

The answer is a brain

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@TheConman @steelmohawk  his career .348 OBP vs. RHP is pretty respectable

goes with zero power whatsoever, though. I'd rather have SVS batting 7th or 8th, but meh.

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Lobo  a bit much for the 2nd game of the season after an opening day victory. would've been appropriate for the NLDS walk to Reed Johnson.

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@TheConman @Professor Towel @steelmohawk  yeah, but I think the difference is marginal enough to not get worked up about. Baxter is just going to be sent to AAA or released once Kemp is healthy anyway. Trading power for a slight bump in OBP.

I want to see Gordon in a GIF