Rich Hill threw 81 pitches before he was pulled, beating out the Giants Johnny Cueto in a 1-0 pitchers duel. The win extends the Dodgers to a three game lead in the NL West.
“Everything felt solid. Mentally, I felt great, body feels good,” Hill said. “Something that I’ve emphasized throughout the entire season in Oakland and carried over here into L.A. is just stay within the moment, a pitch-to-pitch approach and really just making sure you execute each pitch.”
Hill came to the Dodgers in a last minute trade with the Oakland A’s but had been shelved due to a blister.
The Dodgers have the opportunity to sweep the Giants tonight before beginning a three game series with the Chicago Cubs who beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 yesterday.
The LA Dodgers have had their hands full with the San Francisco Giants and mustered only one victory, 3-2 Saturday night, in their four outings. The Dodgers were happy with the beginning of last nights game, getting off five runs in the first inning alone. You could say that the Dodgers are happy to leave after dropping game four 9-6.
“You score five runs in the first inning, you expect to win the game,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
There is no time to dwell as the Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in their season home opener in which Kenta Maeda will get his first Major League. Maeda is coming off six scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres.
Following the D-Backs series, the Dodgers will get another shot at the Giants when they come visiting for a three game series.
The LA Dodgers have been booked for three appearances in the first half of the 2014 Baseball Schedule for ESPN’S Sunday Night Baseball kicking off with the debut on March 30th against the San Diego Padres.
“This is a franchise with a storied past, with a lot of star power on the field, and in the ownership position,” said Doug White, ESPN senior programming director. “And you have [rookie right fielder] Yasiel Puig. His star kind of hit last season in grand fashion, we’re more than happy to be there to tell the story.”