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The Los Angeles Dodgers did not hold back on their 14-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Opening day, Monday afternoon. With an outstanding game by Clayton Kershaw and the decisive offensive work from Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Justin Turner, the Dodgers were able to blow out the visitors in what could remind fans of both teams of the 15-0 win the Dodgers had over the Padres a year ago.
First Inning: The San Diego Padres were in business in the top of the first, after a wild pitch from Clayton Kershaw allowed Wil Myers to get to third with Yangervis Solarte at the plate. The following pitch, Solarte singles on a ground ball to left and get’s the run in bringing hopes to the Padres, who were able to get on the scoreboard early. The bottom of the first helped the Padres keep it scoreless as Jhoulys Chacin earns a 1-2-3 inning having Andrew Toles line out to left and have both Corey Seager and Justin Turner ground out.
Second Inning: With the Dodgers down a run early and Clayton Kershaw back on the mound it seemed like the Padres would give the left-handed pitcher trouble. Kershaw was able to have Austin Hedges line out, strike out Erick Aybar, and fly out Jhoulys Chacin for a 1-2-3 inning. As the bottom of the second got started Adrian Gonzalez hits a ground-rule double on a line drive down the left field line. Following making his Dodger debut, Logan Forsythe, singles on a line drive to center and sends Adrian Gonzalez to 3rd. Joc Pederson then hit’s a sacrifice fly to right field, tagging goes Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers tie the game, 1-1.
Third Inning: With a tie game and Clayton Kershaw having shaken off his bad 1st inning gets Travis Jankowski to ground out, pops out Manuel Margot and strikes out Wil Myers. Bottom of the third with two outs, Justin Turner doubles on a line drive to right center field. Adrian Gonzalez is intentionally walked and Logan Forsythe gets hit by a pitch giving the Dodgers a bases loaded, two out threat. Joc Pederson due up and did not disappoint. A grand slam to right field shakes Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers earn a 5-1 lead. Yasmani Grandal then goes back-to-back with a solo home run and makes it 6-1 in favor of the Dodgers.
Fourth Inning: With a 6-1 it’s easy to tell that Clayton Kershaw is relaxed, now that he has found his rhythm it all seemed too easy for him. Another 1-2-3 inning striking out Yangervis Solarte, having Hunter Renfroe ground out and Ryan Schimpf popping out. Clayton Kershaw didn’t just help with the pitching, in the bottom of the fourth he hit a lead off single and was later moved to second thanks to a single by Andrew Toles. With one out, Justin Turner has his second double of the game and Clayton Kershaw scores and the lead is 7-1 favor of the Dodgers. The Padres then make a pitching change and they bring in the catcher turned pitcher, Christian Bethancourt, who then throws back-to-back wild pitches which score Andrew Toles and Justin Turner to make it 9-1.
Fifth Inning: Clayton Kershaw continues to cruise through innings by striking out Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt and grounding out Erick Aybar in the top of the fifth. Bottom of the fifth with one out, Yasiel Puig doubles and keeps the Dodgers offense going. Clayton Kershaw battles at the plate and earns a walk and Andrew Toles pops out, making it two outs. Corey Seager, who has yet to get a hit in the game blasts a three run home run and increases the Dodgers lead by 11 making it 12-1.
Sixth Inning: A 1-2-3 inning for both sides as Kershaw strikes out Travis Jankowski, for his 7th strikeout of the game. The following two batters fly out and in the bottom of the sixth a fly out, strike out and ground out end’s the momentum for the Dodgers.
Seventh Inning: Ryan Schimpf hits a solo home run with two outs, making it the Padres’ first hit since the first inning and cut’s the Dodgers lead by 10. Clayton Kershaw then strikes out Austin Hedges. Dodger’s lead is now 12-2.
Eighth Inning: Clayton Kershaw leaves the game with 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K’s and is replaced by Chris Hatcher. Travis Jankowski singles with two outs and later gets a run in as Manuel Margot hit’s a two out double and makes it 12-3. Logan Forsythe is at bat with one out in the bottom of the eighth and gets hit for the second time of the game. Franklin Gutierrez strikeout on his debut and his followed up by Yasmani Grandal, who hits a two run line drive to left field making the Dodgers lead 14-3.
Ninth Inning: Chris Hatcher pops out and flies our the first two batters and gives up a single to Ryan Schimpf. Hector Sanchez pops out immediately after and the game ends as the Dodgers cruise through their first victory of the season as they win 14-3.