LOS ANGELES—”It’s time for Dodgers Baseball,” these immortal words belong to legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who began his 67th and final year as the voice of the franchise. During Tuesday’s home opener, 56,000 Dodgers fans turned out to Chavez Ravine to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks ruin an otherwise perfect day, with a 4-2 victory.
The festivities got underway long before the 1st pitch, as Dodgers owner Magic Johnson escorted Scully to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was joined by Dodgers icons, Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, Orel Hershiser, and Clayton Kershaw. The season started out just great with the Blue Crew, taking an early 1-0 lead behind A.J Ellis sacrifice squeeze, scoring 2nd baseman Howie Kendrick.
Dodgers rookie phenom pitcher, Kenta Maeda, continued his impressive start, pitching 6 scoreless innings- with only a no decision to show for it. The Dodgers bullpen unfortunately was unable hold the lead, and it would ultimately cost them the game.
In the 7th, Arizona tied it up with a solo home run by Nick Ahmed, a sinking changeup off reliever Pedro Baez. He chased a pitch out of the strike zone, literally golfing it into the left field bleachers. From there, it only got worse. Paul Goldschmidt hit the go ahead Homer on a 3-0 count. Sending the fastball soaring over the center field wall.
The two most exciting plays of the afternoon came courtesy of Yasiel Puig. In the 5th, with his hustle and flat out speed, Puig turned what normally would be a single into a double. He tricked the D-backs shortstop by pretending to touch second base with his left arm, than cleverly snuck his right hand on the bag, narrowly avoiding the tag.
The next play would be with his glove, or barehand actually. A dart in the 6th bounced off the right field wall. He grabbed a one hopper off the wall, than hit the cut-off, who threw out the runner at the plate.
A late run in the ninth would not be enough for the Boys in Blue. Tomorrow’s game is set for 7:00 p.m.