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Dodger Stadium Openers: Facts & Figures

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Today's game is the 49th home opener at Dodger Stadium.  The Dodgers have broken even at 24-24 in the first 48, although they have outscored their opponents 210-184.  They have played the Diamondbacks in three previous home openers, including the only two extra-inning Dodger Stadium openers:

Home Openers Against Arizona
April 7, 1998 Dodgers 9, Arizona 1
April 5, 1999 Dodgers 8, Arizona 6 (11)
April 7, 2003    
Arizona 6, Dodgers 4 (12) 

The Dodgers have played four previous home openers on April 13, and have lost three of four:

Home Openers on April 13
1976 Padres 8, Dodgers 5
1989 Astros 4, Dodgers 3
1993     Cardinals 9, Dodgers 7   
2009  
Dodgers 11, Giants 1

In a home opener, here is the last Dodger to...

  • Hit for the cycleOrlando Hudson, 2009 (in his first home game as a Dodger)
  • Hit two home runsAndre Ethier, 2009
  • Drive in five or more runsRaul Mondesi (6 RBI), 1999
  • Score three runs: Hudson, 2009
  • Benny_the_jet_rodriguez_01_mediumHave four hits:  Hudson, 2009
  • Pitch a shutoutHideo Nomo, 1996
  • Strike out 10 or moreChad Billingsley (11 K), 2009
  • Steal home:  Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, 1993
  • Steal two basesEric Young, 1999
  • Walk thrice: Pedro Guerrero, 1984
  • Hit two doublesJuan Encarnacion, 2004
  • Record a save:  Jeff Shaw, 2001
  • Record a blown save:  Jerry Reuss, 1980
  • Have two sacrifice hitsBrad Penny, 2008
  • Ground into two double playsGary Sheffield, 1999 

Here are some team records in home openers at Dodger Stadium:

Most Runs Scored Most Runs Allowed Biggest Win Biggest Loss
1969 vs SD 14 1984 vs StL 11 1969 vs SD 14-0 1987 vs SF 1-8
1972 vs SD 12 2006 vsAtl 11 1972 vs SD 12-2 1992 vs SF 1-8
2009 vs SF 11 2002 vs SF 9 2009 vs SF 11-1 2002 vs SF 2-9

Here is how the current team has fared in past Dodger home openers:

Current Team in Dodger Home Openers
Player Gms AB R H RBI BB Other
Furcal 3 14 5 7 3 2 2B
Martin 3 13 1 3 2 1
Ethier 3 11 3 3 4 1 2 HR
Kemp 3 9 2 2 1 1
Loney 2 7 1 3 1 2 SB
Blake 1 5 1 1 0 0
DeWitt   1 2 1 1 0 2
Manny 1 2 1 1 0 2
Totals 63 15 21 11 11 .333/.432/.444

 

First pitch today is scheduled at 1:10.

TV:  Prime Ticket

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Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez photo courtesy of Retrojunk.com