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Game 2 final: Dodgers 7, D-backs 5.
First series sweep: Dodgers (2-0). Standings
“It was a long way to come but it was certainly profitable for the Dodgers as they beat Arizona twice, making the flight back easier,” legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said after Kenley Jansen struck out Gerardo Parra for the final out. Then in his best Aussie accent, he added: “A big so-long, mate, from Sydney, Australia.”
Winning pitcher: Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 0.00).
Losing pitcher: Trevor Cahill (0-1, 11.25).
Next Grand Opening: Dodgers at Padres, 8:05 p.m. ET on March 30, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. First game of 2014 in North America. Probable pitchers: TBA for Dodgers and Andrew Cashner (0-0) for Padres.
Opening Series leaves an impression.
Mark Trumbo’s first home run with Arizona: Off first pitch from Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ last reliever left, to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 7-5 with two out in the bottom of the ninth. It is Arizona’s first extra-base hit of the entire game.
First look at the new MLB.com Auction, where you surely are going to be able to bid on game-used stuff from Australia soon enough.
Game 2 crowd: 38,079. Total for MLB Opening Series: 76,345. Congrats and thank you, Sydney.
— Gabrielle Upton MP (@gabrielleupton) March 23, 2014
Ryu’s done, 87 pitches and a 6-0 lead so Chris Withrow starts bottom of the sixth.
First superstar batboy:
Second fundamental baserunning mistake of Game 2 by Puig, raising average to one per game. Just runs toward the dugout, no attempt to make third baseman’s job difficult, like it’s a forceout. But it’s one of those classic Puig action-hero games that you cannot miss. He’s lighting it up at the plate, a thrill ride from start to finish. Here was his double that made it 6-0:
“Everybody talks about the long trip from Los Angeles to Sydney — 14, 15 hours, whatever it is, and another 14 to 15 back — but I will tell you this, it is well worth the trip.” — Vin Scully
Activity in the Dodgers’ bullpen. Will see whether Ryu comes out for the bottom of the sixth…
Most scorched baseball of the season so far, RBI double off the fence by Juan Uribe:
At the start of the fifth inning, Smoltz just shared his Top-5 storylines for this season:
- Can Jeter and Yankees finish on top?
- How will expanded replay affect the game?
- Which big offseason contract will pay dividends?
- Which new managers will fare the best?
- Can Pirates and Royals sustain winning ways?
First HBP of 2014: Trevor Cahill plunks Puig on the elbow, meaning Puig’s third time on base.
First official scoring change of the season: Dee Gordon was credited with his second hit of the game on the grounder up the middle, after it was initially scored an E4 on Aaron Hill. Maybe they heard John Smoltz’s near-scream of disapproval on the MLB Network broadcast. Alas, just moments later Gordon is charged with his own first error of 2014.
First sign it’s nachos time: those 24-inch hot dogs billed as “Superdogs” just sold out inside Sydney Cricket Ground.
First baseball-fundamental lesson for Puig: RBI single makes him 2-for-2, but caught in a rundown with inexplicable baserunning gaffe. Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly makes it another 3-0 Dodger lead. Speaking of fundamentals, @scg just tweeted a fundamental message to its fans in the ballpark:
For those asking about replays and live vision on scoreboards, it isn’t allowed when batter is in the batter’s box.
— Sydney Cricket Grnd (@scg) March 23, 2014
Paul Goldschmidt just extended Major League Baseball’s longest active hitting streak to 21 games, dating back to last Sept. 10. He tied Danny Bautista (April 7-30, 2004), and the only two longer D-backs streaks were strung by Tony Womack (24, May 2-29, 2000) and Luis Gonzalez (30, April 11-May 18, 1999).
First-RBI machine: Andre Ethier. For the second game in a row, he singled in the first run of the game. In this case, it drove in Puig to make it 1-0, and he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it to a double. It also marked the second game in a row that the Dodgers have been out at second on such an effort, with Clayton Kershaw having been nailed in Game 1.
Yasiel Puig’s first hit: Single up the middle in the first. He was robbed of a homer by the wind in his previous AB.
First pitch: 10:15 am ET, Trevor Cahill to Dee Gordon.
Same anthem singers, Marcia and Emma, didn’t even flip-flop the songs this game.
Just checked in with head MLB groundskeeping guru Murray Cook — one of our original MLB.com bloggers right here — about how Game 1 went from the perspective of the overseer of the playing surface. He texted back: “played quick but true!”
— Murray Cook (@cookmurray) March 23, 2014
For SCG fans who can’t get a foul ball, here’s one way to get one of the official souvenirs.