With the news that another NL West team posted a 12-3 Opening Day victory earlier in the day, Clayton Kershaw went out there and simply dominated the Padres, one-hitting them over seven innings to lead the Dodgers to a 15-0 victory in San Diego.
Chase Utley is old and should not be batting leadoff (injuries have rocked the Dodgers before the season even began), and Utley had both himself and his walker thrown out at the plate early (trying to score from first on a Justin Turner double to left)--but even he went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI. Turner went 2-for-5 with two runs. Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in cleanup. And Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and even a walk. Heck, even Joc Pederson went 2-for-5 with two doubles.
No long balls for the Dodgers, but the hit parade allowed us to play bench players like Scott Van Slyke, Austin Barnes, Charlie Culberson, Enrique Hernandez, and Trayce Thompson to get an Opening Day appearance. Louis Coleman and Yimi Garcia got mop-up duty late, and the Dodgers take a ten-K victory (nine from Kershaw) into the largest Opening Day shutout win in major league history.
Pretty good start, if you ask me. The Dodgers are now on pace for 2,430 runs this year.