After a very successful trip down under the Dodgers made their US opening night match against the Padres one to forget.
The first inning went down easily for LA with Crawford and Puig both going down on K’s and Ramirez flied out to right. Crawford and Puig never looked comfortable up at the plate and only Ramirez got some good wood onto his line drive.
Hyun Jin Ryu (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was the pitcher for LA and the sophomore out of Korea got off to a shaky start. A 7 pitch walk and then a single gave the Padres a chanced with none out and men on first and second. A strikeout would prove to be very important to get out of the inning after Hyun Jin walked Gyorko on four pitches with none looking like hitting the zone.
The bases were loaded then for San Diego and a chance loomed for Alonso. He didn’t make anything of it as he softly grounded back to the mound for Ryu to toss to AJ Ellis and for the catcher to make the easy throw down the line to retire him.
LA’s first hit came off Juan “Feastmode” Uribe with a single to right and AJ Ellis followed it up with one of his own but Dee Gordon ended the inning with a shot to the shortstop Cabrera.
It was déjà vu for the Dodgers in the second with 2 singles off Ryu allowing men to be at first and second but Puig showed a bit of his new self by hitting the cut off man on a fly ball to right.
Only this time Ryu kept his ERA at 0.00 with a sacrifice bunt from Cashner and a strikeout to Cabrera.
Another 1-2-3 inning for the Dodgers in the third gave the crowd plenty to cheer about after Carl Crawford, in his first 2014 regular season game, struck out for the second consecutive time.
Ryu got his first solid inning under his belt with a ground out to third to get his first led off batter for the day. The inning then went down as a 1-2-3 and Hyun Jin finally got over his usual slow starting self.
And then just like that the Dodgers fell 1-2-3 again in the 4th, if you had blinked you would have missed it.
And as luck would have it my MLB.tv stream kicked in and I was the happiest kid in school. Love it.
Everything stayed calm until the fifth when the Dodgers finally got a chance through an AJ Ellis single and a Dee Gordon walk and it gave the Dodger fam have some excitement. There was only one out and Hyun Jin Ryu was up. Would he bunt? Of course he would, the only problem was it wasn’t good enough and AJ Ellis was out at third.
Finally Carl Crawford got some bat on it and it was enough to bring the speedy Dee home for a 1-0 lead in the 5th. His first RBI for the season, his first game too.
“The Wild Horse” made his way to first and the bases were loaded for LA but Hanley Ramirez couldn’t score any more than the one earlier in the inning for the Dodgers as it was 1-0 after 5.
Hyun Jin Ryu looked stellar with some run support, notching up a 1-2-3 fifth inning with 2 strikeouts. One to the pitcher Cashner looked especially good all be it that he is the pitcher.
The score was still 1-0 at the top of the 7th when San Diego used their second pitcher for the year. Cashner left the game with his line at 6IP, 1ER, 4H, 2BB and 5K’s.
The 8th inning was where all the troubles for LA unfolded as they got handed their first loss of the year. Brian Wilson was into pitch and straight away gave up a pinch-hit home run to Seth Smith. He gave up another 2 runs after a walk and then an error on himself to move the runners to first and second. A stolen base and a defensive indifference let the worries flow in and then a single past the infield who was playing in scored the remaining runs.
Wilson would leave after 2 more batsmen with them both getting a base each.
The 2 final LA relievers went perfect but it was too little too late as Wilson botched a would be win for Hyun Jin Ryu who was given the no decision as Wilson got the loss.