The Dodgers slugged an MLB Opening Day record eight home runs en route to a convincing 12-5 victory at a sold-out Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Many Los Angeles fans feared a power drought with the departure of heavy hitters like Yasmani Grandal, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, but the Dodgers proved the naysayers wrong, as six different players went deep.
Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez, who many pundits believe to be platoon candidates for the 2019 campaign, made their case for spots in the daily lineup with stellar days at the dish. Both players went yard twice and were responsible for seven of the team’s 12 RBI. Pederson also added a double, going 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was fantastic in his first career MLB Opening Day start. The lefty held the Snakes at bay until right fielder Adam Jones hit a solo shot off the back of the Los Angeles bullpen in left field in the top of the sixth frame. In all, Ryu threw six full innings, surrendering just the one earned run on four hits and no walks. He struck out eight Arizona batters.
Zack Greinke, the headlining starter for Arizona, was victimized early and suffered the loss. The former Dodger went just 3-2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits, four of which were long balls.
After a disappointing year at the plate last season, Barnes went 3-for-4 in the eight-hole, extending an already deadly lineup.
Brock Stewart, who assumed the 25th roster spot among some scrutiny, threw the eighth and ninth innings, surrendering three earned runs on four hits, including two doubles.
The Dodgers look to capitalize on their momentum as they send righty Ross Stripling to the bump in Friday’s affair.
First pitch is set for 7:10 PM Los Angeles time.