Last year's opening day starter reminded everyone that when healthy he's still got the stuff. Hiroki Kuroda posted a dominant line of 8.0 innings pitched, 5 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and 0 earned runs (1 unearned) as the Dodgers defeated the Marlins in Florida's home opener 7-3. Early on, the Dodgers behind Kuroda didn't exactly help their pitcher out. The team posted 2 errors (and another gift double call on what should have been an error on Blake DeWitt) and were unable to deliver from the batting box in the early going. Despite the strong showing from Kuroda, the Marlins held a 1-0 lead going into the 7th inning. Finally, in the top half of the 7th, the Dodgers were able to provide their starter with some run support backed by doubles by Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, an RBI single by Blake DeWitt. Lastly, a Hanley Ramirez throwing error resulted in 2 more runs for a Dodger 4-1 lead.
Kuroda exited the game after 8.0 innings and after the Dodgers were able to tack on 3 more runs in the top of the ninth, Russ Ortiz entered the game instead of Jonathan Broxton. Russ Ortiz was not sharp, as the final player to make the Dodgers out of spring training loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th while only recording one out. Broxton was brought in to bail out Ortiz, however he allowed a 2 run double before striking out the final two batters to close out the contest.
The Dodgers and Florida will continue the 3 game series tomorrow evening at 4 p.m as Vicente Padilla will try to rebound after a rough first outing by taking on Florida ace Josh Johnson.