The Giants made an early statement, ruining the Dodgers’ home opener while eventually taking two of three from their archrivals to the south. They couldn’t make it a clean sweep on Sunday Night Baseball, but winning both series’ on the season-opening road trip should be a big momentum boost before coming home to the Bay tomorrow afternoon. Here’s how the weekend in La La Land shook out…
Game 1: Giants 8, Dodgers 4
The Giants spoiled Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, scoring all 8 runs in the first two innings off Hyun-Jin Ryu. It seemed to help matters tremendously that LA went into full blown meltdown mode with two outs in the first. The early offense was enough to hold off the Dodger offense, although Vogey couldn’t make it out of the 5th inning.
Game 2: Giants 7, Dodgers 2
Madison Bumgarner was masterful, striking out 10 Dodger hitters and allowing only 1 ER in 6.1 innings of work. The Giants brought their bats to the yard with them again, sending three big flies into the seats on a warm afternoon in LA. Both Mike Morse and Pablo Sandoval hit their first HR of the year, while Buster Posey drilled his second long-ball of the young season down the LF line. The Dodgers tried to make it interesting late, but Hunter Pence nailed AJ Ellis at home, effectively ending a pretty significant rally against Santiago Casilla.
Game 3: Dodgers 6, Giants 2
The Giants fell short of a sweep on Sunday Night Baseball, as Zack Greinke outdueled Matt Cain on a very windy night. Cain looked sharp early, but developed a case of homerunitis as the game wore on. Two big flies each from Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp put the offense in a tough hole to climb out of, although they tried. Both Pence and Belt went deep off Greinke – who I seriously can’t stand – in the 6th, but it wasn’t enough.
NL West Standings
Dodgers 5-3 | 0.5 GB
Rockies 3-4 | 2 GB
Padres 2-4 | 2.5 GB
Diamondbacks 2-7 | 4 GB
Our Gigantes take their early 1st place record to AT&T Park for the home-opening series, a 9-gamer against Arizona, LA and Colorado. This is a confident team, but also one that’s been living and dying by the HR ball early on. While the offense might take a little hit returning to San Francisco, I’m hoping the park will help some of the pitchers keep the ball in the yard as well. Either way, the Giants have a tremendous opportunity here, especially starting things off with lowly Arizona. You’d have to think they have every opportunity to win each of these series’.
It’s an off day today, but I seriously can’t wait for tomorrow afternoon! There’s just nothing quite like baseball in your home park, especially a home-opener.