Updated: Jul 28
Drew Smyly made his Giant debut on Opening Day and this afternoon he made his first start for the Orange and Black. He struck out 2 batters in a scoreless inning of relief in the Giants 8-1 loss. Smyly pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 1 run off 4 hits with a pair of strikeouts and walked 1 batter. Darin Ruf singled in Mauricio Dubon at the top of the 3rd to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead, Dubon singled to lead the inning off and Mike Yasrzemsski followed him with a walk. The Giants bats came alive in the top of the 6th when Donovan Solano singled and Pablo Sandoval singled him to 2nd base. Dubon came up and singled in Solano to break a 1-1 tie and give Dubon his 1st RBI of the year. Darin Ruf and the Giants knew they needed some insurance runs against a powerful Dodgers lineup, so Ruf walked with 1 out in the top of the 7th and stole 2nd base. It was his first stolen base since September 4th, 2015 while with the Phillies against Boston, he now has 2 in his career. Solana singled him in to push their lead to 3+-1 Ruf, Solano, and Dubon each had 2 of the teams 9 hits, all singles.
Mookie Betts stole the show defensively but not by any spectacular plays. Instead, the newly acquired outfielder made 10 putouts in the field this evening, the record by a right fielder is 11 by Tonu Armas of the A's in 1982. Julio Urias tossed 5 innings of 1 run ball, he allowed 5 hits with a trio of walks and strikeouts each. Betts singled in the bottom of the 3rd and stole his first base as a Dodger. Justin Truner followed Max Muncy's strikeout with a walk and Cody Bellinger singled in Mookie to tie the game at 1-1. The Dodgers, like the Giants, had just 6 singles including 2 each from Turner and Bellinger. AJ Pollock's double in the bottom of the 9th was the game's only extra-base hit. They were a miserable 1-9 with 10 runners left in scoring position on the night.
Since 2013, the Giants and Dodgers have played 136 games.
Each team has 68 wins and 68 losses.