On Sunday night Major League Baseball saw its true Opening Day festivities get underway as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres faced off on Sunday Night Baseball. In a tight game that came down to a couple key plays, the Padres ultimately came out on top with a 3-1 win over the Dodgers.
As is often the case with evening games at Petco Park, the story of this game was on the mound. Andrew Cashner pitched admirably for the Padres over the course of six hard-fought innings, logging five strikeouts and allowing only one earned run. Hyun Jin-Ryu, making his second start of the season, was just a tick better over the course of seven innings, allowing no runs and striking out seven.
Ryu then handed the reins to the bullpen, something with which he should be fairly comfortable in most cases over the course of the long season. Unfortunately for him set-up man Brian Wilson struggled mightily, fighting his command and giving up a monstrous shot to Seth Smith to tie up the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. Chris Denorfia came through with the deciding hit, a two-RBI single in that same half inning. Huston Street then uneventfully put the clamps on things in the 9th inning.
The Dodgers and Padres will be off on Monday before picking things back up on Tuesday.
WP: Dale Thayer (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Brian Wilson (0-1, 18.00 ERA)
SV: Huston Street (1)