Blue Right Ship
Dodger Stadium is known as a pitchers’ ballpark, but not last Sunday night as the Boys in Blue (5-3) crashed four homers while pasting San Francisco, 6-2.
Matt Kemp mashed a solo homer in the second inning, Hanley Ramirez added a solo rocket in the fourth, and Kemp’s two-run, opposite field shot in the same frame made it 4-0.
“My shoulder feels fine,’’ said Kemp, who played in only 73 games last season and 106 games in 2012 because of injuries to his hamstring, shoulder and ankle. “The last year-and-a half has been tough. I know I can hit. I just have to get the pitches to hit.”
Manager Don Mattingly has four talented outfielders, but didn’t want to say Kemp’s breakout game solidified his status in center field. “I’m trying to protect him, and I’m also trying to protect the other players,’’ the skipper said.
The Giants (5-2) received solo homers from Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence in the sixth, but Andre Ethier’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning scored Ramirez (double), and Ramirez later contributed a homer in the eighth to make it a four-run lead.
Zack Greinke (2-0) was marvelous over six innings, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Pablo Sandoval’s thee-run cannon shot in the fifth capped a four-run frame that included a homer from Buster Posey as the Giants captured a 7-2 win on Saturday, backing Madison Bumgarner (1-0), who tossed an eight-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk in six and one-third innings.
The Dodgers tied it at 1-1 in the second inning on Juan Uribe’s double, and struck for a run in the seventh on Ethier’s hit.
The Blue Crew fell to the Giants, 8-4, in the home opener on Friday nullifying back-to-back homers by Adrian Gonzalez and Ethier in the fourth inning that got the Dodgers within six runs, then scored two runs in the fifth on Kemp’s run-scoring double and Ethier’s run-producing single.
The Dodgers routed San Diego, 5-1, at Petco Park on Wednesday as Ramirez’s double in the first inning drove in two, and Gonzalez chimed in with a run batted in for a 3-0 lead. Ethier (two singles) drove in a run in the fifth inning to make it 5-1.
Dan Haren (1-0) fanned six and didn’t walk a batter over six innings, yielding four hits and one unearned run.
Yasiel Puig’s two-run homer in the first inning helped the Dodgers edge San Diego, 3-2, on Tuesday as Greinke went five innings.