Clayton Kershaw pitched well in his eighth straight opening day start, allowing one run on eight hits in the Dodgers’ tough 1-0 loss to the Giants on opening day. Joe Panik‘s solo home run off Kershaw proved to be the only run of the game. The Dodgers bats made almost no noise against Giants pitching on Thursday.
Clayton Kershaw did not even pitch badly in his first start of the season. The Giants got a lot of lucky — or maybe I should say unlucky — hits against the Dodgers’ ace. The Giants only had two solid hits the whole game: Panik’s home run and a double by Hunter Pence.
So if Kershaw’s pitching wasn’t the problem, what was? The Dodgers’ (lack of) hitting. Kershaw had a better day at the plate than most of the Dodgers’ batters. Kershaw recorded two of the Dodgers’ six hits. The other hits went to Yasmani Grandal (2), Matt Kemp (1), and Chase Utley (1). The Dodgers went 0-5 with runners in scoring position, clearly giving the Giants the win.
Since the Dodgers lost the season opener, does this mean the season is hopeless? Absolutely not. A baseball season lasts 162 games spread over nearly 180 days. Although the season did not start well, I still expect the Dodgers to do well. One bad day out of seven months will not ruin the season. The Dodgers should be able to bounce back tomorrow.
Keys To The Game:
The Giants’ pitching is really not as dominant as the Dodgers made them look. The Dodgers struck out ten times in yesterday’s game, including in clutch situations. They also hit into two doubles plays. They also left a lot of runners on base.
Kershaw’s Strong Game:
Clayton Kershaw was the most successful Dodger at the plate during yesterday’s game. He went 2-2, hitting two singles. This put runners on base twice for Chris Taylor, who was unable to cash in. Even though Kershaw was given the loss, he pitched a quality start (at least six innings with three runs or fewer allowed).
Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto will square off in the second game of the 2018 season. Wood went 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 spring training innings. Cueto went 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA this spring. Wood is coming off a very impressive 2017 season. He went 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 27 games. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA and KTLA. The game will also be broadcasted on AM 570 LA Sports.