The Dodgers had their moments in the first week, but were also inconsistent, and the result was a .500 week, taking two of three from the darling Padres, then dropping two of three in the desert to the Diamondbacks.
Dodger Batter of the Week: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez had the hottest start in baseball, going 14-for-23 (.609) with five home runs and three doubles in the season's opening week, driving in seven runs and scoring eight. On Wednesday, Gonzalez before the game was presented his 2014 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards, then hit three home runs to beat the Padres. Gonzalez became the first player in major league history to hit five home runs in his team's first three games of the season.
He hit no home runs in the weekend series in Phoenix, but was still hot in the desert, hitting .400 (4-for-10) with a double and four walks.
Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Zack Greinke allowed only one run in his two starts, striking out 11 with one walk in his 13 innings, improving to 19-1 in his career against the National League West.
Week 1 Record: 3-3
26 runs scored (4.33 per game)
28 runs allowed (4.67 per game)
.466 pythagorean winning percentage
10-hit series: Not only did Gonzalez have at least three hits in each of his first three games, the first National League player to do so since Orlando Cepeda in 1963. But Gonzalez also collected 10 total hits in three games against the Padres, the third time in his career he had at least 10 hits in a series of three games or less, per Stats LLC. Gonzalez also had 10 hits for the Red Sox against the Cubs from May 20-22, 2011, and had 11 hits for the Padres against the Brewers from August 11-13, 2009.
Extra, extra, read all about it: Through six games the Dodgers have 14 doubles, three doubles and 10 home runs. The 27 extra-base hits are their most in franchise history through the first six games of the season, dating back to at least 1914. The previous best was 25 extra-base hits, accomplished in 1948, 1955 and 1977.
Rarity for Rollins: Jimmy Rollins, who was the hero of opening day with a three-run, game-winning home run in the eighth inning and drove in seven runs during the week to tie for the team lead, had four errors in a week for the first time in his career in his first week with the Dodgers. In 2,058 games at shortstop in his over 14 years with the Phillies, Rollins made two errors in a game just four times (May 17, 2005; Sept. 27, 2006; Sept. 10, 2009; Aug. 10, 2010). But he did so twice this week with the Dodgers, making two errors both Tuesday and Sunday.
Walking in LA: In his Dodgers debut on Wednesday, Brandon McCarthy got a piece of a 99-mph fastball from Andrew Cashner, fouling off a full count pitch with the bases loaded. The next pitch was out of the strike zone, giving McCarthy the first RBI by a Dodgers pitcher in 2015. It was the first bases loaded walk by a Dodgers pitcher since 2011, when Hiroki Kuroda's walk against Tim Stauffer on Aug. 30 was the club's third bases-loaded walk by a pitcher that season.
First impressions: On Sunday in Phoenix, both Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero had three hits, each falling a triple shy of the cycle. Both hit their first major league home run, and both drove in their first major league run against the Diamondbacks. For Guerrero, it was also his first major league start, at third base.
Thursday: The Dodgers acquired relief pitcher Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward and competitive balance round B pick, No. 74 overall in the 2015 draft from the Orioles in exchange for minor league catcher Chris O`Brien and minor league pitcher Ben Rowen.
Sunday: The club sent Webb and his $2.75 million salary outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the veteran reliever accepted the assignment.
- Monday: Dodgers 6, Padres 3
- Tuesday: Padres 7, Dodgers 3
- Wednesday: Dodgers 7, Padres 4
- Friday: Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3 (10)
- Saturday: Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 0
- Sunday: Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 4
The Dodgers run the Mike Kingery gauntlet with a homestand against the Mariners and Rockies, plus a Thursday off day mixed in. Wednesday is the 2015 Civil Rights Game and Jackie Robinson Day; the ESPN2 broadcast is a full national broadcast and won't be blacked out in the Los Angeles area.
Week 1 Stats