Dodgers 0 -1 after losing to the Pirates… I don’t even want to think of the score.
It looked promising at first when Matty Kemp singled in two runs in the top of the first. Then the bats went silent for a few innings. Well, maybe not the bats. They did strand like half a dozen baserunners, and one baserunning blunder by Russell Martin.
On the bright side, if you think about it… the last two years when our Opening Day starter pitched well on Opening Day …. they found themselves on the DL not too long after that.
2009 – Hiroki Kuroda pitches for the Dodgers on Opening Day down in San Diego. The Dodgers defeat Jake Peavy and the Padres for the first time in how many years? Kuroda finds himself on the DL not that much after his Opening Day Start.
2008 – Brad Penny pitches for the Dodgers on Opening Day here in Los Angeles against the Giants. He shut them out and the Dodgers won. He struggled for a little bit before being placed the DL as well.
I don’t recall who pitched on Opening Day in 2007 (might have been Derek Lowe or Jason Schmidt). Okay, I just looked it up. It was Derek Lowe. I knew it was against the Brewers and we lost. Jason Schmidt pitched the home opener against the Rockies. He gave up 3 runs in 4 innings. That was the year where if the pitcher hit a home run, he landed on a DL. Can you name the other pitcher who hit a home run that year and then found himself on the DL?