Dodgers rout Padres with team-record 4 HRs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson launched a grand slam and the Dodgers hit a franchise-record four home runs on opening day, leading Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles over the San Diego Padres 14-3 Monday.
Pederson drove in five runs, Yasmani Grandal homered twice and Corey Seager added a three-run shot.
Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs — one earned — and two hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none in his seventh consecutive opening day start. He tied the team mark for most opening day starts in matching Don Sutton, who started seven straight openers from 1972-78, and Don Drysdale, whose seven weren’t consecutive.
Kershaw’s fifth opening day victory equaled Drysdale for most in franchise history.
Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) gave up nine runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings in his Padres debut.
Vin Scully wasn’t in the Dodgers booth for the first time since 1950, having retired last season at age 88. His successor, 29-year-old Joe Davis, had plenty to talk about. The Dodgers’ runs fell just short of their 15-0 victory over the Padres on opening day a year ago in San Diego.
Grandal followed Pederson’s slam in the third inning with a solo homer into the same lower right-field seats. Both came with two outs and gave the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.
Pederson’s slam was the team’s first on opening day since Eric Karros had one in 2000 at Montreal. The center fielder’s five-RBI performance, including a sacrifice fly in the second, was the first to open a Dodgers season since Raul Mondesi in 1999 against Arizona.
Seager, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year, homered with two outs in the fifth off catcher-turned-pitcher Christian Bethancourt, whose consecutive wild pitches in the fourth led to two of the Dodgers’ three runs in the inning.
Bethancourt, who will be used out of the bullpen and behind the plate this season, got tagged for three runs, three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Kershaw, who had 46 hits last season, singled leading off the fourth and scored on Justin Turner’s double before Bethancourt’s two wild pitches extended the Dodgers’ lead to 9-1. On his first wild pitch, Bethancourt ran to cover the plate and was struck in the leg on Andrew Toles’ slide, but eventually got up and returned to the mound.
The Padres’ only lead came on Yangervis Solarte’s RBI single past a diving Seager in the first. With one out, Wil Myers was safe at first on Seager’s throwing error and Myers took third on Kershaw’s wild pitch before scoring.
Ryan Schimpf homered off Kershaw in the seventh.
Padres: They have six players hurt to start the season, with LHP Robbie Erlin and Colin Rea on the 60-day DL.
Dodgers: RHP Pedro Baez (right wrist contusion), one of six players starting the season on the DL, is expected to return next week after rehabbing at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
LHP Clayton Richard starts for the Padres against RHP Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers on Tuesday. Richard went 3-3 with a 2.41 ERA in nine starts for San Diego last season after the Cubs let him go in August. Maeda is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.