By Chandler Guadagnin
Game one of the season is in the books for both the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. In an unanticipated Opening Day matchup, Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw, took on Giants’ youngster, Ty Blach.
Ty Blach got the call on Opening Day, after Madison Bumgarner sustained a broken left pinkie, after being hit by a liner in his last Spring start. Clayton Kershaw, on the other hand, was tabbed for his eighth Opening Day start.
Reminiscent of 2010 contests, this one was a nail biter. Early on for the Giants, it was a story of runners left on base. Through five innings, Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble; stranding a total of six Giants on base; four of which were in scoring position. Ty Blach also struggled with baserunners, stranding six in five frames.
Nevertheless, each team posted goose eggs on the scoreboard over four innings. The Giants would score first, when in the fifth inning on a 2-2 pitch from Kershaw, Joe Panik, smashed the ball, just fair, down the right field line. Kershaw was able to escape the inning without any further damage, but only lasted one more inning. In all, the Dodgers’ ace went 6 innings, surrendering 8 hits, 1 run, two walks and striking out 7.
Ty Blach lasted 5 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3.
The Giants’ bullpen, which was a bug-a-boo of the team in 2017, was outstanding. In the remaining four innings of the ballgame, the pen combined for four innings of shutout relief; scattering 3 hits, issuing 2 walks and striking out 7.
In the end, one run was enough for the Giants, who shutout the Dodgers, moving their opening Day record to 6-4, over the last 10 seasons.
The Giants will look for back to back wins tomorrow when they send Johnny Cueto to face off against Alex Wood of the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PT from Dodgers Stadium at Chavez Ravine. You can view the game via CSN Bay Area, or listen on KNBR 680.
Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.mlb.com