Joc Pederson stole the show on opening day at Dodger Stadium. He hit a Grand Slam and drove in five runs in the Dodgers’ 14-3 opening day victory over the Padres. Yasmani Grandal hit two home runs and drove in three, and Corey Seager hit a three-run homer.
Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings in which he allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out eight batters. The Padres’ first base runner came on a throwing error by Seager that allowed Wil Myers to reach base. He threw low and Adrián González was unable to pick it out of the ground. Myers advanced to third on a wild pitch by Kershaw that bounced only a few feet from Yasmani Grandal. Myers then scored on a single by Yangervis Solarte and the Padres had a rare lead against Kershaw.
Joc Pederson responded with a sacrifice fly to right field in the second inning. Gonzalez scored and Logan Forsythe was able to advance to second on the throw. Pederson was not done being the hero. He came to the plate in the bottom of the third inning with the bases loaded and two outs. In a 3-1 count, Pederson was looking for a fastball to drive and that’s what he got. Jhoulys Chacín threw a fastball high and inside to Joc, missing his target wich was down and away, and Pederson made him pay. He hit a line drive Grand Slam over the wall in right field and the Dodgers cracked the game open.
Yasmani Grandal had no desire to be left out of the action so he hit a solo home run to go back-to-back with Pederson. Grandal hit his home run from the left side and hit it to nearly the same place as Pederson. Pederson and Grandal went back-to-back and the Dodgers had a 6-1 lead.
Corey Seager made up for his error in the first inning with a three-run home run in the fifth. He got a fastball over the plate and drove it the other way over the left-center field wall. Seager missed most of Spring Training but is showing that he does not need it.
The Dodgers did what they were unable to do last year, get hits with runners in scoring position. They went 5-11 with RISP which gives them a .455 average. In 2016, they were lucky to go 2-15 with RISP.
Clayton Richard will pitch for the Padres and Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers. Franklin Gutierrez is expected to start in left field against the left-handed Richard. Kenta Maeda hopes to repeat his Major League Debut against the Padres last year with a strong start, and hopefully, a home run. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and will be shown on SportsNet LA and can be seen in Spanish on SNLA Spanish. The game will be broadcasted on AM Radio on 570 LA Sports and KTNQ 1020.