SYDNEY – Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Younger type, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a three-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night time at Sydney Cricket Ground.
A crowd of about forty,000 watched as MLB played its first common-season sport in Australia.
Opening day was a g’day for the NL West champion Dodgers.
Kershaw, who signed a seven-12 months, $215 million contract in January, allowed one run and 5 hits in 6 2-three innings. Van Slyke hit a two-run homer and also doubled.
The primary pitch was delayed because of rain for 14 minutes.
The lengthy trip Down Below took even longer for some Arizona gamers. A team bus had a flat tire, and the Diamondbacks said ”a handful” of gamers decided to walk the last half-mile to the stadium instead of ready for a replacement bus.
Kershaw was impressive while making his fourth consecutive opening-day begin. He struck out seven, walked one and was pulled by supervisor Don Mattingly after throwing his 102nd pitch.
Quite a turnaround from spring training, when the 2-time NL Cy Young winner went 0-three with a 9.20 ERA in 4 begins.
”Sometimes you just need the adrenaline of an everyday-season game, and I simply sort of really feel relieved to get this one underneath my belt,” he mentioned.
”It is at all times good to get results, obviously,” he stated. ”This one counted.”
In his earlier opening-day begins, Kershaw was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.
”Kershaw did a superb job preserving us in the midst of the diamond,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson mentioned. ”He threw a good ballgame against us. We know they’re at all times going to be close.”
Three relievers saved the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a five-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers within the offseason, acquired the last out in the seventh.
Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen bought the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to floor out to end the sport.
Dodgers supervisor Don Mattingly liked what he saw of his pitching ace and his supporting cast.
”Clayton was actually good, sort of as all the time.. sort of doing his thing,” Mattingly mentioned. ”He’s a tricky man to take out of the game, he all the time wants to remain in. And I thought our bullpen was actually good tonight. Chris is available in and will get an enormous out for us there and Wilson did a very good job and Jansen in closing the door.”
Van Slyke, enjoying because of an harm to Matt Kemp and paternity depart to Carl Crawford, almost cleared the left-area fence within the second inning. His double arrange a grounder by Andre Ethier that scored Adrian Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ first run.
In his subsequent at-bat within the fourth, Van Slyke related off losing pitcher Wade Miley for a drive over the right-field fence – just contained in the foul pole – with Gonzalez again on base to put the Dodgers up three-zero.
”He’s all the time been an RBI man,” Mattingly said of Van Slyke. ”He is a good defender. He’s really a fairly stable player.”
Miley, who came out for a pinch hitter within the fifth, obtained the opening day assignment due to a left elbow injury to Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin. Miley gave up three runs and three hits, placing out eight with two walks.
Each groups completed with five hits.
The Diamondbacks scored in the sixth after a double by Paul Goldschmidt, who had two hits. He moved to third on Kershaw’s wild pitch and scored on Mark Trumbo’s infield out. The Diamondbacks were shut out 5-zero in an exhibition recreation Friday by Workforce Australia after they stranded eleven runners.
A collection of thunderstorms however little rain across the stadium about two hours ahead of the beginning cut brief the Dodgers’ batting practice and tarp was rolled on to the sphere. That triggered the beginning of the game to be delayed and canceled the pregame ceremonies.
Sydney Cricket Ground was refurbished two weeks in the past to create the baseball diamond and an outfield with an 8-foot wall. It was 328 toes down the foul lines and 400 ft to straightaway heart.
There have been plenty of Dodgers and Diamondbacks uniforms in the crowd, some worn by American guests and others by Australians who had flown across the nation to watch the opener and Sunday’s second recreation, when another capability crowd was anticipated.
They feasted on baseball-model treats like nachos stuffed in batting helmets and Cracker Jack, which isn’t often sold in Australia. Should you might afford the fee and the calories, a 2-foot-lengthy sizzling canine sold for $36.
On Sunday, South Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, moved up in the Dodgers’ rotation as a result of Zack Greinke damage his proper calf, faces the Diamondbacks’ Trevor Cahill within the afternoon finale… For the file, the first pitch of the brand new season was a fastball strike to Dodgers leadoff hitter Yasiel Puig, who eventually struck out. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Sydney Swans Aussie rules football star Adam Goodes, picked as Australian of the 12 months this season. It was a very off-speed strike… Arizona’s Aaron Hill had an infield single for the first hit of the season… Los Angeles wore a new alternate highway jersey featuring the title ”Dodgers” across the front. The group will put on that uniform in any respect Sunday street video games this season, in addition to a couple of extra video games to be introduced.