There was no waiting around for weather for the Sunday edition of the MLB’s Opening Series, as the game got under way with a bang.
The Dodgers started out on the right foot when Puig singled to snap his 0-5 night in game one. Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez walked to move the runners around and Andre Ethier singled to score Yasiel and have him self his second RBI for the year.
Hyun Jin Ryu took the mound and lasted enough for the win with a 5 inning shut out. He had good command of his fastball and his secondary pitches were on song.
There was lots of talk before the season that Ryu would suffer a “sophomore slump” but that was not to be seen as the usually slow starting Korean came out with a one hit first inning.
The boys in blue added another 2 runs to the lead when Puig got his second hit of the day and his first RBI for the year scoring the pitcher Ryu.
Hyun Jin smacked a 2-2 pitch straight down the middle to give him self a 1.000 average after one at bat.
Dee Gordon doubled off the wall to move Hyun Jin to third after a sudden stop called on by the third base coach.
Puig then hit the single down the left field line and the score was 2-0.
The third run came off a Gonzalez sac fly to score the speedy Dee Gordon from third.
With two outs in the inning the Dodgers threatened again when Ethier singled and there were men on the corners but a AJ Ellis fly out left the inning short of what it could be.
The Diamondbacks and Trevor Cahill were lucky to get out of the 4th with no damage when the bases were left loaded full of blue Uribe, Gordon and Puig all threatening.
Two walks in the top of the 5th ended Cahill’s day after 5ER, 8H, 4BB and a K. The Dodgers scored two runs in the inning; one of a Mike Baxter double play with the bases loaded and one off a Juan Uribe double.
The 38,079 strong crowd saw the 5th and final inning from Hyun Jin Ryu who ended with 5IP, 2H, 1BB, 5K and 0ER.
A little disappointing for the two days as the crowd totaled to 76,345. Dodger stadium would be filled up with more than that if you picked any two days for the year.
LA added a run in the 6th and the 7th. The first was a Puig double to score Gordon from second when he drag bunted one to the catcher who let it fly from his arm and over the first baseman’s head.
The run in the 7th was a Dee Gordon sac fly to score Mark Ellis when the Dodgers had the bases juiced once again and didn’t capitalize any more. The D-Backs would be considered lucky to only be down 7 at this point with 10 left on base as of 7 innings.
Arizona hurt them self however with 3 errors to there names already. Only one came to hurt off the pitching of Thatcher however.
The Dodgers relievers for the 2 innings so far went scoreless as well as Ryu with Chris Withrow giving up only one hit and one walk with no strikeouts. Paco “Taco” Rodriguez also gave up the same base runners but got out unscathed when he left the game with men on first and second with 2 out.
Rodriguez looked okay for his first performance this year. His command was a tad off but movement was good.
Jamey Wright came on for his Dodger debut and instantly walked Pollock to load the bases. He got out of the jam when Puig almost fell over on a line drive to left but hung on for the out.
Ramirez got his first hit for the year in the 8th inning but it lead to nothing. 10 Dodgers have hit so far this year but none have a 2 game hitting streak.
Wright got to extend his Dodger debut for a while longer as he stayed in for the bottom of the 8th inning. He gave up a walk, a single and then Trumbo’s first D-Backs hit and the crowd went crazy for their first run of the afternoon.
That ended Jamey’s day and the Dodgers brought in J.P. Howell to be the 5th pitcher for LA. J.P. got the second out of the inning with a 6 pitch strikeout and then a very long inning finally ended after a walk to Gregorius and a fly out to Baxter in left.
The 9th inning saw Alex Guerrero’s MLB debut after coming to the plate but then getting pulled yesterday. He struck out and his first big league appearance is a strikeout.
Jose Dominguez came in to close the game and gave up two walks instantly and then a blooper into right gave up 2 runs to bring it a little closer, 7-3 with 2 to get. Jose’s day ended right there with 0.1IP, 1H, 2BB, 0K and 2ER.
Paul Maholm was the 6th Dodger pitcher and he tried to close the door on this series in Australia. He got to through one AB and it was a strikeout.
It would take another pitcher to end this one.
The real Dodgers closer, Kenley Jansen was the one to get the chance to end it. He lasted one pitch and gave up a two run home run to Mark Trumbo, wow.
A strikeout. This game was over. About time.