Angels, Dodgers finish in 4-4 tie

With the bases loaded in the third inning, Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson to sent the ball into the right field stands for a grand slam on a 3-1 count, driving in Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez, and Logan Forsythe. Grandal hit a two-run homer in the eight for the first multi-home run game by a Dodger on opening day since Raul Mondesi on April 5, 1999. His name is Clayton Kershaw, 29, and he is the best pitcher in baseball. That was also the past year that the club won the World Series.

That would be historic - but maybe not out of the realm of possibility if they kept playing the Padres. This was the Dodgers' 60th opener in Los Angeles, 56th at Dodger Stadium and first without the retired Vin Scully at the microphone. "Just to know that you have that adrenaline, that anxiousness to get back out there, to get that first out under your belt and kind of settle in". "At the same time, it is a big-league game and you don't want to give away hits, you don't want to give away outs". The Dodgers have really done well against him in 113 at bats, hitting.336 against him.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) head first slide safely into home against San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) during the first inning at AT&T Park. With the infield playing in, Yangervis Solarte slapped a ground ball past a diving Seager for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead that might lead the Padres' highlight video after the season. (Sorry guys, I know you are always last.) The Dodgers now have a stranglehold on the division, having won the last four NL West crowns.

"One through nine with Kershaw hitting, everyone raked today and it just shows you that their pitcher has no letdown". "It's a tough lineup to navigate through". Oh, and don't forget Yasiel, The Real Deal, Puig, who demands attention every time he digs into the batter's box. The two singles were his first hits. The next five, however, reached base and scored.

Grandal followed Pederson's slam in the third inning with a solo homer into the same lower right-field seats.

Of the ten times the Padres and Dodgers have met on Opening Day, the Dodgers have come out victorious seven times.

"Just trying to slow myself down, settle the opening day jitters and have a good at-bat", Pederson said.

LOS ANGELES NOTES: Kershaw also had a rough final Cactus League outing, allowing two hits, two runs and two walks over three innings.

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"Everyone in attendance on opening day deserves a safe and fun-filled day of baseball, so please respect the neighborhood and stay safe, " an LAPD spokesperson said.

Auto and stadium gates will open at 10 a.m., with Dodger Stadium Express shuttle bus service from Union Station starting at 10:10 a.m., officials said.

"We got some work in before I went down", Seager said, "so it'll be a learning curve a little bit for the first couple weeks".

We've made it to Opening Day!

"I didn't make good pitches when I needed to, especially in the third inning", he said. "It means you care about what you do".

Kershaw will tie Don Sutton and Don Drysdale for most season-opening starts in franchise history.

"I don't remember everything", Utley says now.

  • Tabitha Byrd