San Francisco Giants vs. L.A. Dodgers: MLB Opening Day Live Score, Analysis
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Clayton Kershaw wins the day with a complete game shutout and what proved to be the game-winning home run in the eighth inning.
The only questions for Kershaw this year are whether he's going to win the Cy Young again and how much money he's going to get when the Dodgers ultimately extend his contract.
Final Score: Dodgers 4, Giants 0
Kershaw gets Sandoval to roll over to third to end it. Kershaw throws a complete-game shutout to open the season and set the tone in the 2013 NL West race. What a performance by the NL's best pitcher.
Kershaw gets Arias to fly to center before a one-out single by Pagan, who has two hits. Scutaro fouls out for the second out. The Giants are down to their last out.
Kershaw comes back out for the ninth to go for the complete game shutout. He's thrown only 85 pitches through eight innings.
Affeldt strikes out Sellers to mercifully end the eighth. The defending champs are three outs away from dropping the opener. We'll see if Kershaw comes back out for the ninth.
Ethier grounds softly to Scutaro for the first out, but another run scores. Down 2-0, I'm not sure why Scutaro wasn't in further there. After an intentional walk to load the bases, A.J. Ellis hits an RBI grounder to Sandoval for the second out. The Dodgers have scored four times here in the eighth to break this thing open.
Casilla gets pulled for Jeremy Affeldt after walking Kemp with the lefties Gonzalez and Ethier coming up.
Affeldt promptly plunks Gonzalez to load the bases with nobody out. The wheels have fallen off for the Giants in the eighth.
A wild pitch by Casilla gives the Dodgers a free insurance run. It's 2-0 in the eighth and the Giants still haven't gotten anyone out after Kemp walks.
After a sacrifice bunt attempt by Mark Ellis turns into an infield hit, Santiago Casilla relieves Kontos. It will be interesting to hear why Bochy tried to get two innings out of Kontos after the game.
After the Kershaw homer, Crawford doubles down the left field line off of Kontos, who looks shaky after a solid seventh inning.
Kershaw with another three-up, three-down inning in the eighth. He then opens he bottom of the inning with a home run. He's doing it all today.
After hitting .410 in the Cactus League, Belt strikes out for the second time against Kershaw. Not many pitchers down in spring training have stuff like Kershaw.
Sellers hits a lazy fly to center to end the Dodgers' seventh. Only eight men have reached base today, and two of them (Crawford and Pagan) were thrown out trying to steal.
Kontos comes out of the pen throwing bullets. He gets Cruz to pop to Belt and A.J. Ellis to ground to short to open the seventh. Kontos is featuring a 92-93 MPH fastball and an 83-84 plus slider.
That's it for Matt Cain. He throws six shutout innings to open the season. Bochy turns to reliever George Kontos to open the bottom of the seventh.
Pence flies out to center on the first pitch to end the seventh. Here's Kershaw's updated line:
7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 5 K, 71 pitches
Scutaro grounds weakly to second to open the seventh. Sandoval then lines his second single of the day back up the middle. He's 2-for-3 off of Kershaw. The rest of the team has combined for one hit.
Posey then crushes a line drive to Cruz for the second out.
On a 3-2 pitch, Cain gets Ethier looking to end the sixth. That's eight strikeouts through six shutout innings for Cain. He is unflappable out there.
Cain gets Gonzalez looking at a 91 mile-per-hour sinking fastball for the second out of the inning. He's mixing five pitches very effectively today. He'll throw any of his pitches in any count.
Nice scoop by Belt on a one-hop throw by Sandoval to retire Kemp for the first out.
Mark Ellis opens the sixth with a pop up down the right field line that Pence loses in the sun. I guess having the sun-glasses on the hat didn't help Pence see that ball. It goes down as a leadoff double for Ellis.
Pagan grounds to short to end the sixth. Nine straight set down by Kershaw.
Kershaw gets Crawford swinging to open the sixth on a filthy curve. He has a curve like Zito's, but with a 92-95 MPH fastball to go with it. I can't think of a pitcher I'd want to face less than Kershaw right now. Maybe Verlander.
Kershaw then gets Cain looking at a 94 MPH fastball.
Sellers pops out to right to open the Dodgers' half of the fifth. Cain has turned this into a pop up show apparently. He then gets Kershaw to strike out for the second time and Crawford to ground out sharply to Scutaro to end the fifth. Still no score, which is not surprising given how good these two pitchers are.
Torres grounds out to third to end the Giants' half of the fifth. Kershaw has retired six straight.
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