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Dodgers lose to Giants, 8-4, in home opener

April 04, 2014|From Times Staff

Final: Giants 8, Dodgers 4

It was a rough day for the Dodgers. It started with an upset Matt Kemp, a late and benched Yasiel Puig, and two two innings that more resembled a blooper rather than a highlight reel.

Balls were bobbled and lost in the sun. Bloopers fell in. Line drives ricocheted off walls. And before the game was two innings old, the Dodgers were down 8-0 to the Giants. The party was over in a hurry.

Not too surprisingly the Dodgers went on to lose their home opener Friday afternoon to the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 53,493 at Dodger Stadium. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had looked like a budding ace in his first two starts, was rough up early by San Francisco. He lasted only two innings and was charged with all eight runs.

The Dodgers' bullpen then turned in a brilliant effort, holding the Giants without a run or hit over the final seven innings.

The Dodgers got back-to-back solo home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier in the fourth, but could never mount a serious comeback.


Top of ninth: Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright took over for Chris Withrow to start the inning. In his two innings of work Friday, Withrow was again very impressive. He struck out four and did not allow a hit or a walk. Wright finished up the outstanding day for the bullpen, retiring the Giants in order. They never did get another hit after the second, the Dodgers' bullpen throwing seven hitless, scoreless innings. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

Bottom of eighth: Right-hander Jean Machi took over on the mound for the Giants and retired the Dodgers in order for the first time since the first inning. He struck out Juan Uribe, got A.J. Ellis to line out to short and Dee Gordon to line out to second. The Dodgers are down to their last three outs. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

Top of eighth: Chris Withrow continued the bullpen's dominating day for the Dodgers. He again retired the Giants in order, including two on strikeouts. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

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Bottom of seventh: Not the most notable half inning, aside of the Dodgers' first play review, and that didn't go well. Hanley Ramirez singled and stole second to lead off the inning. Anyway, that's what umpire Marty Foster ruled. It was another close play and Giants Manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue and he challenged the call. Umpires agreed to the review and the call was overturned. Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier then each struck out. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

Top of seventh: Brandon League called it a day, after two encouraging innings. League was pretty sharp for someone making his first appearance of the season in a team's sixth game. League did not allow a hit, walking one and striking out three. He looked a lot more like the guy who used to be a closer. Really. Chris Withrow took over for League, who continued the belated shutdown of the Giants, who haven't had a hit since the second inning. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

Bottom of sixth: They keep telling and telling Dee Gordon he needs to bunt more to take advantage of his great speed. He may have been listening. He led off the bottom of the inning with a perfect bunt single to third. And then again did what he does, stealing second and advancing to third when catcher Buster Posey's throw sailed into center field. Alas, he was left there after pinch-hitter Justin Turner struck out and right-handed reliever Juan Gutierrez came in to strike out Matt Kemp. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

Top of sixth: They sent Brandon League for a second inning of work, and that turned out OK too. If only the Dodgers could have those first two innings back. Angel Pagan made it look questionable when he led off the inning with a walk, but A.J. Ellis threw him out attempting to steal. It was a very close play and Giants Manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue, but apparently did not attempt to push for review. League got the next two outs, striking out Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval to end the inning. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

Bottom of fifth: Matt Kemp was activated Friday but wasn't supposed to start, which did not exactly make him happy. Then Yasiel Puig pulled his latest immaturity bit by showing up late, and suddenly Kemp was in the lineup. He had to feel a tad better about it all when he followed Carl Crawford's single and stealing of second with a line-drive double to center to score the Dodgers' third run. When Hanley Ramirez singled him to third, that was the day for Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong went four-plus innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out four. Left-hander David Huff relieved Vogelsong, striking out Adrian Gonzalez, but Andre Ethier singled up the middle to score Kemp. San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a diving catch on a Juan Uribe line drive to save a run, before A.J. Ellis looked at a third strike. Giants 8, Dodgers 4.

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