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Monday, April 5, 2010

Notes From Monday's Game, 4/5/2010

Opening Day, the most glorious of glorious days.

Pittsburgh 11, Dodgers 5

Box Score.
  • Vicente Padilla was his usual mediocre, at best, bad self, going 4.1 putrid innings (7 ER, 6 Hits, 2 K, 3 BB [1 IBB], 2 HR Allowed, 2 HBP, 93 pitches - 55 for strikes). Again, this is not a surprise. Padilla's never been great, and never even been that good. He's much more likely to pitch like this than to pitch like he did for a few starts at the end of last season.
  • Bullpen: 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 WP, 1 HR Allowed. 5 Relievers.
  • Ramon Ortiz appeared in his first game since 2007. He went 2/3rds of an inning, allowing 2 Hits and giving up 1 ER. He also allowed 3 inherited runners to score.
  • Garrett Jones's 1st inning mammoth HR is still traveling. Not only has it left Pittsburgh, but it's also left the state of Pennsylvania, heading towards points unknown. It wishes Vicente well. Jones also had a second HR and a couple of nice catches out in right field.
  • Matt Kemp drove in the first runs of the season for the Dodgers with a 2-run single in the 1st inning.
  • Russell Martin (Double, BB, HBP) reached base 3 times, while Kemp (Single, Double), Manny (Single, Double), Blake DeWitt (2 Singles), Rafael Furcal (Single, BB), and Casey Blake (2 Singles) each reached base twice.
  • Martin had himself an interesting first game after missing much of Spring Training due to injury. He committed an error and a base running mistake, taking himself out of scoring position, but also lined a nice opposite-field double in the 5th inning.
  • Carlos Monasterios made his Major League and Dodger debut, throwing a scoreless 6th inning (O Hits, O K, O BB, 8 pitches- 6 for strikes). Congrats on the nice debut.
  • Russ Ortiz appeared in a Dodgers uniform and pitched. I took a picture with my cell phone camera, and the phone then proceeded to die.
  • The offense drew just 2 walks while striking out 5 times.
  • Blake also made an error on a routine grounder.
  • Steve Lyons, just shut up already. Stop talking about wins and losses, about stats, and generally, about anything and everything.
  • Nice 3rd inning interview with Clayton Kershaw, very interesting.


  1. I don't know why I'm so pissed about this game. I know it's only one of 162 games.I was so pumped for today, I guess I feel a bit let down.

  2. Yeah, let down would be a good term.

    But again, just one game, and it was Padilla pitching, I wasn't expecting it to be a breeze.

    I never do, but especially with Vicente on the hill, and an improved Pirates offense.

    At least Manny, Russ, and DeWitt looked excellent.