LA Dodgers: Blue Crew Get Better of Defending Champs Giants in Pitching Duel
Dodgers Answer San Francisco Giants with Opening Day Victory
Question and answer. One jab gave way to a counter punch. It was Opening Day at Chavez Ravine, and the hits came well before the first pitch.
San Francisco fans were in tow to celebrate their first season as defending champs. They decided to fly a couple of banners over the Los Angeles venue to send a message. One banner read "SF GIANTS 2010 CHAMPS, BEAT LA."
Another read, "DODGERS STILL SUCK, FROM SF CHAMP FANS."
Dodgers fans had a banner of their own. Theirs read simply, "LA 5, SF 1, GO DODGERS." It was a direct reference to how many titles each team has.
This was the atmosphere to open the 2011 edition of Major League Baseball. You have to love the hatred and rivalry. This is what makes sports so much fun.
If you thought the pre-game was the best part of the day, you would be sorely mistaken. We were treated to the first classic pitching duel of the season. Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum looked very polished early.
The only shaky issues for both teams was in the field. Both teams looked confused at times with the glove. The Giants got the worst of it with three costly errors.
The Dodgers managed to escape with a win. Their young players finally looked liked seasoned leaders on day one. The biggest player to turn things around from last season's form was Matt Kemp.
This is only the first game, but Kemp looks promising. He was disciplined at the plate, and refined on the base paths. He was one for one with three walks and a stolen base.
The other player of note was Clayton Kershaw. He seemed to always succumb to one wild inning last season. Today he was precise. He went seven innings without giving up a run.
He said after the game, "It's a great way to start a season."
Yes it was.
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