Dodgers 7, Cardinals 1: Tyler Glasnow cruises through 6 frames, Big 3 homer twice and reach 9 times

Hey, what a way to start a home opener, huh?

The Big 3 for the Dodgers went 5-for-8 with five runs, four RBI, a double, two homers, and four walks, while Tyler Glasnow showed much more normal command of his pitches in his Dodger Stadium debut as he and the Dodgers basically cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Cardinals.


Miles Mikolas was the Opening Day starter for the Cardinals, and he had some goals and analogies to make.

Needless to say, things didn’t start ideally for the midwestern farmer when up against capitalism. Mookie Betts drew a lead-off walk, and then Shohei Ohtani followed with a double down the line in right. However, he did charity for Mikolas by not picking up Dino Ebel and running through a stop sign for a TOOTBLAN at second.

No matter, Freddie Freeman singled to drive in the game’s first run, Will Smith followed with a single of his own to corner the runners, and Max Muncy hit a deep sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 early.

After a quiet 2nd, the 3rd started with the top of the order again, and yet again the Big 3 came through. Mookie drilled his second homer of the year, Ohtani drew a walk, and then Freeman hit his first homer of the year to make it 5-0 in a flash.

Meanwhile, on the mound for the Dodgers and making his second start in three games was Glasnow. And while his command was spotty at best in his debut, he was in control of things today.

Glasnow gave up just a single through his first three frames, but then did surrender a Paul Goldschmidt solo homer to start the 4th that cut the lead to 5-1. But the only trouble he faced the rest of the way was due to a Mookie throwing error and stolen base, as he mostly cruised and didn’t even give up problematic contact.

Dave Roberts decided to remove him a bit early because … well, it’s early: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 81 Pitches.

After a relatively quiet couple innings, the pen was in for the Cardinals by the 6th, and the rest of the lineup put in some work. With one down, Teoscar Hernandez doubled and James Outman followed with a single to push the lead to 6-1.

The Dodgers put together a rally in the 7th as well behind walks to Mookie and Freddie, with the former being cashed in by a Muncy single to make it 7-1.

Relieving Glasnow for the Dodgers was swingman Ryan Yarbrough, who promptly retired six batters in a row through the 7th and 8th.

The 9th started with a single by the one-man offense in Goldschmidt, but that was all they got and Eric Stephen unfortunately went home happy.


Jason Heyward got the D.


Shohei ovation time.

Tony Gonsolin is active at least.


2-1, so the 161-win season is alive!

Same two teams at a much more Chad-friendly time tomorrow of 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET, and we’ll see Bobby Miller making his season debut against Zack Thompson.

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