OOTP 21: March 28, 2020 – Giants 4, Dodgers 0

David Price (Photo: Stacie Wheeler)

Jeff Samardzija ruined David Price‘s Dodgers’ debut by shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. The win gave the San Francisco Giants an opening series win in Los Angeles.

Samardzija was dealing all game. He fell one out of a complete game shutout against a powerful Dodgers’ lineup. Samardzija threw a surprising 127 pitches in his 2020 season debut, but he made them all count. His final line was impressive: 8 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Trevor Gott struck out Chris Taylor on three pitches to end the game.

I thought we played a nice game,” Samardzija told the San Francisco Citizen. “Good pitching, timely hitting, it was all there.

Price’s debut was impressive: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K. He only needed 88 pitches to get through seven innings. The only blemish on his ledger was a 2nd-inning solo home run allowed to his former Rays’ teammate Evan Longoria. He was, otherwise, masterful.

It was a 1-0 game until the 9th inning, when Caleb Ferguson — nursing a hamstring strain — went back out after a scoreless 8th inning and got into trouble. He allowed a solo home run to Wilmer Flores and a single to Austin Slater after retiring Buster Posey to beginning the 9th. Blake Treinen relieved him and allowed a 2-run home run to early season star Mike Yastrzemski to give Frisco a 4-0 lead.

The lone bright spot on offense was Mookie Betts, who went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Outside of doubles by Corey Seager and Will Smith, Samardzija wasn’t ever really in trouble as the offense disappointed.

The loss drops the Dodgers 1-2 on the young season. After an off day tomorrow, the Dodgers welcome in the winless Colorado Rockies for a 3-game set. Alex Wood will take on Jeff Hoffman.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.