Giants fall on Opening Day as bullpen falters

Updated: Jul 29



Johnny Cueto and the Giants played their first game in nearly 4 months aside from their 2 exhibitions against the A's. Cueto tossed 4 innings of 1 run ball and allowed 5 hits while striking out 3 batters and walking 1 batter. Once Cueto departed, their bullpen allowed 7 runs off 6 hits and issued 5 walks, including 3 from reliever Danny Jiminez. San Francisco tallied 3 straight singles in the top of the 3rd inning before Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Giants bats went cold for the rest of the game but catcher Tyler Heineman and Mike Yastrzemski had 2 of the teams 8 hits. San Francisco's bats were just 1-6 with 5 runners left in scoring position.

Clayton Kershaw was a late scratch for the Dodgers, but Dustin May stepped right in and did an excellent job. May pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed 1 run off 7 hits with 4 strikeouts and no walks allowed. The Dodgers bullpen allowed 1 baserunner for the rest of the game and allowed 0 runs while striking out 4 batters in the final 4 2/3 innings. Los Angeles trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th but after 2 ground outs, Corey Seager doubled, and Enrique Hernandez singled him in to tie the game at 1-1 apiece. Los Angeles piled on 5 more runs in the bottom of the 7th when Mookie Betts singled to open the inning and Cody Bellinger doubled him to 3rd base. Justin Turner hit a fielder's choice to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Enrique Hernandez singled in 2 runs to extend their lead to 4-1. Austin Barnes reached on a fielder's choice and then Max Muncy walked with the bases loaded to make it a 6-1 game. Enrique Hernandez's hit a 2-run home run to put the game out of reach at 8-1. He had 4 of the clubs 11 hits as the Dodgers went 3-12 with 11 men left in scoring position on the night.

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