Opening Day did not end the way Dodgers fans would have like it to. In the first game of the year against the rival San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers bat were relatively silent all afternoon, as the club could not muster a single run.
Clayton Kershaw was not quite his sharp, Opening Day self. The game started with him allowing two hits, although neither of them scored. He worked himself into trouble a bunch of times, but at the end of six innings had only allowed one earned run on a home run that barely stayed fair off the bat of Joe Panik. He stranded two runners three times, but ended with seven strikeouts in those six innings.
The Dodgers did get some men on base, but had problems getting them across the plate. Kershaw himself was responsible for two of the Dodgers six hits. The offense overall was stagnant and could never quite get a rally going.
J.T. Chargois made his Dodgers debut with a 1-2-3 7th, Josh Fields followed with 1-2-3 8th inning, and Tony Cingrani executed the same in the ninth.
Matt Kemp collected his first hit in his second stint with the Dodgers with a single in the bottom of the ninth. He was replaced with Austin Barnes as a pinch runner, but the game-tying run never crossed the plate.
Ty Blach picked up the win for San Fran, throwing an even five innings with three strikeouts alongside three hits and three walks.
Dodgers face off against the Giants again tomorrow at 7:10 PST when Alex Wood faces San Francisco righty Johnny Cueto.
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They are still playing spring ball. Hopefully, the boys in blue will realize the season has opened come Friday.