Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

Kristopher Nichols
April 4, 2018

After a slow start at the plate this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting into the swing of things.

The Giants won by an identical score in Thursday's season opener on Panik's solo shot off Clayton Kershaw. Puig went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

We were sold on the believe that this year's offense would be different. "It was just a matter of time". He threw 88 pitches over 5.1 innings in his 2018 debut; allowing five hits, three runs, and striking out four.

Only three other teams have ever scored two or fewer runs in the first four games of a season.

Holland gave up five runs - three earned - and three hits in five innings. "If you'd told me that we were going to score two runs and split this series, I would have been elated".

Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker (1-0) gave up three runs and four hits in 52⁄3 innings.

According the ESPN Stats & Information research, the Giants scored six runs in their first four games of the 1920 and 1933 seasons, when the franchise was located in NY.

The club also received a spark from Puig - with his bat and glove, as well as on the bases.

"The Dodgers put up a lot of zeroes against us", Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

"He really impacted the game".

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"It's all coming together", Hill said. "It's a long season".

Johnny Cueto will get the start for the visiting Giants. He's hitless in his first 15 at-bats. The Dodgers then intentionally walked Crawford to bring up Stratton, who struck out for the third out. It will happen. It just hasn't happened yet.

The Giants' bullpen managed a 3.48 ERA against the Dodgers past year. "I know it was a rough series for the boys".

The Dodgers are going with lefty Alex Wood as their starter.

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, top, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig on an attempted steal of second base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. "That was a good time to be an idiot". "It's all jokes with him".

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (strained pectoral) is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Tuesday and Friday in preparation for a rehab assignment.

Giants: Melancon has a right elbow flexor strain.

For the Dodgers, it was the first game that counted since the team's disappointing Game 7 of last year's World Series - a plodding 5-1 loss that capped an otherwise ferocious Fall Classic that saw the Houston Astros captures the first world championship in franchise history. Although a shortstop at the University of Georgia, he has been a catcher in the minors for the Dodgers. Hill is 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Dodgers are first in all of baseball through the opening weekend with a 0.50 staff ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

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