The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers were all set to battle in the first game of the 2016 season. Both clubs were truly excited to get the season started as this is everyone’s first glimpse at two rookie managers. Dave Roberts and Andy Green will be under a microscope all year and each made their debut Monday. It will be interesting to see their managerial styles all season long.
The game was a horrible if you are a Padres fan as the team fell down early to the Dodgers and were never in the game. It was a good old fashion beat down in every sense. The Padres will look to rebound against the Dodgers on Tuesday in hopes of evening up the series. Before the game a nice moment happened in the press box as Vin Scully and Dick Endberg both posed for a photo.
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Top of 1st
Chase Utley takes the first pitch of the season for ball one, but Tyson Ross quickly comes back with two strikes. The feeling in the stands is electric as Utley takes a 2-2 slider (called a ball) that was clearly a strike. On the next pitch he promptly dumps a double into the left-center field gap just out of the reach of an outstretched Jon Jay.
Corey Seager then smashes an opposite field double over the head of Melvin Upton Jr. that easily scores Utley from second. Justin Turner steps up and grounds out to Spangenberg for the first out of the season. Seager advances to third base with one out on the ground ball. Former Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez steps up and singles Seager in to make the game 2-0. Yasiel Puig is struck out by Ross and Carl Crawford also strikes out ending the inning.
Bottom of 1st
Jon Jay falls behind 0-2 early, but works the count full before striking out on a 95 mph fastball on the outside corner. Derek Norris steps up and flies out to deep right field but Yasiel Puig has no problem catching the ball in the high April sky. Matt Kemp grounds the ball into the Dodgers shift and is easily thrown out by the shortstop deep in the 5.5 hole. Couldn’t have been much easier for Kershaw.
Top of 2nd
Joc Peterson was over matched by Ross and strikes out. The shadows are coming into play on the mound and that is now Ross’ third straight strike out. A fly ball to right field results in the second out of the inning. Ross appears to have settled down after the rough first inning as he faces Kershaw. The opposing pitcher grounds out to first resulting in a 1-2-3 inning for the Padres ace.
Bottom of 2nd
Wil Myers falls behind 0-2 but works the count full before striking out on an off speed pitch down and in. Alexei Ramirez swings at the first pitch and grounds out to third for the second out. Yangervis Solarte steps up and walks on a 3-1 pitch. A couple of the pitches were close to the strike zone and there was some barking from the Dodgers dugout. With Solarte at first, Upton hits a soft line drive to shortstop for the third out.
Top of 3rd
Utley steps up to the plate and is hit on the foot by an 0-1 slider. Ross made a bad pitch and the veteran second baseman easily took the free base. Seager swings and misses on a slider in the dirt and makes the first out of the inning for the Dodgers. Justin Turner steps up and hits a double down the left field line. Chase Utley tries to score from first, but is thrown out at the plate by Alexei Ramirez. Adrian Gonzalez steps up with two outs and flares a base hit over Ramirez at shortstop for his second RBI of the game. Gonzalez advances to second base on a wild pitch. Yasiel Puig works the count full by showing some patience and walks on a ball inside that was close. A two hopper by Carl Crawford to shortstop ends the inning but the Dodgers are now up 3-0.
Bottom of 3rd
Cory Spangenberg grounds out to second base to begin the inning. Tyson Ross follows up by taking a 2-2 fastball on the outside corner for strike three. Jon Jay takes a fastball away and lines it into left field for the Padres first hit of the day. Derek Norris comes to the plate and flies out to shallow left field on the first pitch from Kershaw. Still 3-0 Dodgers.
Top of 4th
Joc Peterson ground out into the infield shift on the first pitch of the inning. Andy Green and his new defensive schemes immediately pays dividends. A.J. Ellis swings and misses at a high 95 mph fastball for Ross’ fifth strike out of the game. Clayton Kershaw takes two quick strikes and the tops a pitch out in front of the plate for the third out of the inning.
Bottom of 4th
Matt Kemp steps up for the second time against Kershaw and strikes out on a breaking pitch down and in. Myers steps up to the plate with a lifetime 0-9 against Clayton Kershaw. He pops a pitch into center field and the Padres have two out rather quickly. Kershaw is working fast and keeping hitters off-balance. Ramirez quickly falls behind 0-2 against Kershaw and strikes out on a fastball on the outside corner.
Top of 5th
For the third time Utley leads off an inning for the Dodgers and Ross finally retires the second baseman. Utley squares up a ball and flies out to Jon Jay in center field. Seager steps up and grounds out sharply to Alexei Ramirez at shortstop. Two quick outs for Ross and that is just what he needs to stay in the game. Justin Turner comes to the plate and flies out to right field on a full count pitch. Still 3-0 Dodgers.
Bottom of 5th
Yangervis Solarte who walked his first time against the Dodgers ace, lines out to third on a 1-1 pitch. The hardest hit ball of Kershaw so far in the game. Melvin Upton Jr. strikes out against Kershaw on a fastball away. Cory Spangenberg works the count to 3-2 against Kershaw, but strikes out on a fastball up and in. The left-handed pitchers seventh of the game.
Top of 6th
On a 2-2 pitch Adrian Gonzalez hit the ball hard directly into the shift. He is easily thrown out by Spangenberg at first. Yasiel Puig steps up and is hit on the elbow by a fastball up and in. Crawford hits a chopper down the third base line for a base hit and now two men are on for Joc Pederson. The young center fielder rips a double past Wil Myers at first which scores Puig and advances Crawford to third.
Two men in scoring position for catcher A.J. Ellis. The Padres bullpen is heating up and Ryan Buchter is up and throwing. With the infield in a ball is chopped off the glove of Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and both runners score. Kershaw steps up and squares around early showing bunt, but then brings his hands back and lines a ball up the middle for a base hit. That hit brings Andy Green to the mound and Tyson Ross is removed from the game with still only one out and runners on first and second.
Entering for the game for the Padres is Ryan Buchter. He is brought in to throw to Utley and promptly gives up a single to right. Matt Kemp bobbles the ball for his first error of the season allowing Ellis to score from second. Kershaw on third and Utley on first with still only one out. Seager steps up and flies out to center scoring Kershaw from third and making the game 8-0. Justin Turner is called out on a low pitch for the third out, but the damage was already done. 8-0 Dodgers.
Bottom of 6th
Adam Rosales pinch hits for Buchter and grounds out to third base. Jon Jay gets his third crack at Kershaw and weakly grounds out to second baseman Utley for the second out of the inning. Derek Norris flies out to right field and it’s another 1-2-3 inning for Kershaw and he stands at 83 pitches on the day. He is in cruise control at this point.
Top of 7th
Rule-5 pitcher Luis Perdomo is on for his major league debut. The nerves were surely there as he faced Adrian Gonzalez for his major league debut. Gonzalez walks on a full count. Yasiel Puig steps up and hits a first pitch ball up the middle for a base hit. Now every single Dodgers player in the starting lineup has a base hit. Trayce Thompson steps up and lines a double into the left field. That was Thompson’s first at bat in the game as he came in to replace Carl Crawford.
Second and third with nobody out and Luis Perdomo will have to get out of this mess on his own. Joc Pederson steps up and strikes out on a low slider for the first out of the inning. A.J. Ellis walks to load the bases and Kershaw steps up to the plate. He battles Perdomo but ultimately strikes out for the second out. Chase Utley digs in for his fifth plate appearance and lines a ball into right field for his third hit of the night. It is now 11-0 and the Padres are really getting embarrassed. Seager grounds out to Myers for the third out of the inning.
Bottom of 7th
Matt Kemp comes up to the plate and is struck out by Kershaw for the second time. This time he takes a fastball right down the middle for strike three. Wil Myers flies deep to center for the second out. Kershaw is in full command and the Padres just cannot square up a ball on him. Alexei Ramirez comes up and strikes out for the second time in the game. Kershaw now has a one hit shutout working with nine strike outs.
Top of 8th
Perdomo comes out for his second inning of work and promptly gives up a double down the third base line to Justin Turner. Adrian Gonzalez comes up and once again hurts his former team with an RBI single up the middle. His third run scoring single of the game. Perdomo bounces a ball in front of the plate and Gonzalez advances to second base. With nobody out Yasiel Puig triples to right center field and scores on a bad throw to third that bounces off Solarte’s glove. It is now 14-0.
The Padres fifth start Colin Rea is summoned from the bullpen to try to put out this fire in the eighth inning. Rea will still start in Colorado over the weekend, so this is an opportunity for him to get his feet wet for the 2016 season. Matt Kemp is also removed from the game in a double switch and Jabari Blash goes to right field. Rea walks Thompson and Joc Pederson doubles to the right center field gap.
Runners on second and third with still nobody out. A.J. Ellis grounds out to short scoring Thompson and its 15-0 with one out. Kiki Hernandez pinch hits for Kershaw and pops up to Wil Myers for the second out of the inning. Utley then tops a ball to shortstop where Ramirez makes an impressive bare handed grab and throw for the last out of the inning. 15-0 Dodgers.
Bottom of 8th
Louis Coleman comes in for the Dodgers to face Yangervis Solarte. There are tons of changes on the field for the Dodgers as this game is all but wrapped up. Solarte rockets a ball off the right field wall for a double and the Padres have their first runner in scoring position on the night. Upton comes up and flies out to center for the first out. Spangenberg follows with a ground ball to second for an out. Jabari Blash makes his major league debut now with two outs and Solarte on third. He walks on a full count pitch up and in and Jon Jay gets another chance to hit. He pops up to first base and the Padres continue to be shutout by the Dodgers on opening day 15-0.
Top on 9th
Kevin Quackenbush comes in to face the Dodgers middle of the lineup for the ninth. Seager grounds out to Solarte at third for the first out and Scott Van Slyke steps up for his first at bat of the game. He is struck out looking by Quack on a curve ball on the outside corner. Charlie Culberson steps up now for the Dodgers and strikes out. The Dodgers hold a 15-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Bottom of 9th
After Norris strikes out Travis Jankowski makes his season debut and dumps a base hit to left field in front of the outfielder for a base hit. That brings up Wil Myers who singles up the middle to make put runners on the corners with one out. Alexei Ramirez comes up to the plate with a chance to give the Padres their first runs of the year. Instead he pops up to first base making the second out of the inning. Yangervis Solarte with runners on first and third flies out to left to end the game. It was all Dodgers in an embarrassing opening day for the Padres. 15-0 was the final.