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Dodgers Get Blasted by Pirates in Opener

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Well, there goes the hope of a 162-0 season.  The Dodgers dropped their opener to the Pirates, 11-5.  Garrett Jones hit two home runs off Dodger starter Vicente Padilla, who allowed the second-most runs by an LA Dodger opening day starter:

Most Runs Allowed, LA Dodger Opening Day Starter
Pitcher Year IP H R ER BB K Dec
Derek Lowe 2006 5.0 9 8 7 1 2 L, 11-10
Vicente Padilla today 4.1 6 7 7 3 2 L, 11-5
Kevin Brown 2002 4.0 9 7 7 1 5 L, 9-2
Hideo Nomo 2004 5.0 7 7 7 2 1 L, 8-2

Among the positives today:

  • Carlos Monasterios made his major league debut, and retired all three batters he faced
  • Russ Ortiz made his Dodger debut, and pitched a scoreless inning.  The only batter he allowed on base reached via error by Casey Blake
  • Matt Kemp delivered a two-run single in the first inning, giving the Dodgers what would be their only lead of the game.
  • Andre Ethier didn't have an extra-base hit in 94 plate appearances against left-handers on the road last season, yet laced a double off southpaw Zach Duke in his first plate appearance of 2010.
  • The Dodger offense did have a good day, scoring five runs on 12 hits.  Kemp, Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, and Blake DeWitt each had two hits.  Once down 8-2, they managed to get the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, but both Ethier and Russell Martin struck out to end the threat.
  • Garret Anderson got a base hit in his first plate appearance as a Dodger
  • Today the Dodgers extended their radio broadcast contract with 790 KABC through 2011

Tomorrow is an off day.  Clayton Kershaw faces Ross Ohlendorf on Wednesday evening.

WP - Zach Duke (1-0): 5 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

LP - Vicente Padilla (0-1): 4 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 7 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

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