Archives for the month of: April, 2014
Twelve batters came to the plate in San Francisco's half of the first inning.

Twelve batters came to the plate in San Francisco’s half of the first inning.

It was a Korean bar-b-q at Dodger Stadium today. Hyun-Jin Ryu got filleted, grilled and served on a platter as the Giants blasted out six runs in the first inning of Opening Day 2014.

They tacked on two more in the second, and eight was enough. Even though the Dodgers rallied some in the middle innings, San Francisco held on to win 8-4.

On the historic side, Vin Scully — surrounded by his grandchildren — threw the ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Koufax, backed up by all the former Dodgers who can still amble the stadium on their own two feet: Ron Cey, Tom Lasorda, Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Tommy Davis, Don Newcombe … I’m probably forgetting someone. It was a lovely moment before the horrors began.

Double Take
We saw the first use of instant replay in a baseball game at the Ravine, and it was horrible. A close call at second as Hanley Ramirez tried to steal was overturned when the whiny baby Bruce Bochy complained to the umps. This is not a good thing, this second-guessing bullshit. If I were a major league manager, I would refuse to ever do it, just on principle. (I’m beginning to think I might be too idealistic for this modern world of ours.)

 

standingsIt will be tough to keep up this pace all season. Two-for-two in series wins, and the home opener still to come. Not bad for a team missing its ace, one of its best relievers and its All-Star center fielder.

I really like this trend of our first two hitters scoring in the first inning, like we did in Tuesday’s 3-2 win in San Diego, and then again in last night’s rubber game victory, 5-1, over the Padres. I think we should keep that up.

We’re starting to hit, our healthy pitching staff is doing fine — Dan Haren is a nice addition — and Matt Kemp is coming back for tomorrow’s afternoon opener at the Ravine. Can’t freaking wait! I’m going to be there early and eager for my first live game of 2014. And, yes, I will be keeping score. God, I love baseball!

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Two-run homer is the best revenge. Yasiel Puig goes deep against beanballer Ian Kennedy in the first inning.

That’s right, I bit them to the quick watching that nerve-wracking ninth inning. But the Dodgers held on to beat San Diego and my friend, Ian Kennedy, 3-2. (I still count him as a friend, even though he likes to bean my boys in blue.)

I thought we might sail through after that two-run homer by Yasiel Puig in his first at bat. And Zack Greinke looked so good at the beginning. It got tense in the middle, but we held on through threat after threat.

Then came the eighth and ninth, and, Geez Louise, I’m still shaking a little from all the adrenalin. First, hoping for — and getting — a double play to end the eighth, and then watching the mess Kenley Jansen made, and then got out of, in the ninth. Holy moly! If every game is like this one, I will be nailless and perhaps hairless by the end of this season.

One take-away: I love Juan Uribe more and more each day. He’s a hitting machine and a double-play factory.