Dodgers, Kershaw Sail, Greinke, D’Backs FAIL!

While the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw had a lot about which to be very, very happy, it was an embarrassing opening day for others in the National League West.

The Dodgers and Kershaw took on the San Diego Padres in their opener, and as far as the Pads were concerned, it was not very pretty, not very pretty at all. The Dodgers scored practically before the first hot dog was wrapped in foil, as the game’s first two batters, Chase Utley and Corey Seager, each doubled, and the team went on to thoroughly trash


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their opponents 15-0, collecting 17 base hits while recording the highest scoring shutout win on a major league baseball opening day ever.

Every Dodgers’ starting player collected at least one base hit, and the team collected a total of seven doubles and a triple along the way, thoroughly trashing a very suspect San Diego pitching staff. On the other end of the spectrum, Kershaw was magnificent, throwing seven innings, allowing only one hit, a third-inning single by the Padres’ new
center fielder, ex-Cardinal and first ever Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Jay. Kershaw walked one and struck out nine, and looked like he could have easily gone the full nine, but he also got a sixth-inning single and eventually scored on a sac fly by rookie shortstop Corey Seager. So, leading 11-0 after his seven, Dave Roberts hit the bullpen, first for spring training sensation Louis Coleman, who came out of nowhere to win a spot, and then Yimi Garcia, neither of whom looked sharp though getting through two scoreless innings, despite allowing three hits and a walk.

Besides Kershaw’s great outing, it was a big opener for the team’s young talent, including Seager, who picking up from where he left off last October had that double and two RBI, for Joc Peterson with two doubles, for Trayce Thompson who had a pinch-hit double, and of course Adrian Gonzalez had a big opener as is ALWYAS the case, with three hits and three RBI.

After undergoing a second major re-build in consecutive seasons, the Padres seemed to show that they may not yet be on the right track. But, hey, they still have 161 to play and they could turn it around.


And then there are the still now, and always, woeful Arizona Diamondbacks, coming off several years of horrid play and monumental mismanagement, who stole now ex-Dodgers’ pitching star Zack Greinke from LA with the fourth-worst free agent contract of this past off season, agreeing to pay the 32-year-old Greinke $206.5 M over the next six years. Well, Greinke and the D’Backs got off to some start tonight, as their two hundred million dollar pitcher gave up
seven runs, all earned, on nine hits, including three home runs, and a walk, in only four innings, in a 10-5 loss to the likely yet again cellar-dwelling Colorado Rockies. The one bright spot of the night for Arizona and Greinke was a second-inning infield single, driving in a run.

So, after day one, Kershaw is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, while Greinke is 0-1 with a 15.75 ERA, but while Kershaw is only batting .250, Greinke sports a 1.000 batting average. Makes all those millions worthwhile, doesn’t it?

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