Game Two, 2013

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 PT, Prime Ticket and MLBN. The Dodgers send out Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his major league debut against Madison Bumgarner.

The Dodgers of the Seventies were noted for the constancy of their infield, running the same four guys out there for years and years. By contrast,

Monday was Andre Ethier’s sixth Opening Day start in right field for the Dodgers, the most in Los Angeles history. His 959 games played in the outfield also are the third-most as a Los Angeles Dodger, trailing only Willie Davis (1,906) and Dusty Baker (1,092).

I had forgotten the outfield has been somewhat of a revolviing door. It may end up that Kemp and Ethier (if the latter isn’t traded at some point in his current five-year contract) set a similar standard for Dodgers’ outfielders as the Cey, Russell, Lopes and Garvey foursome did for the infield.

This amused me when I read it in the preview: “Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was impressed with Ryu’s camp and said the youngster pitched his way behind ace Clayton Kershaw.”

The “youngster” is a year older than Kershaw.

This will be the Game Thread. Lineups will be posted when they’re available.

LF: Jerry Hairston
2B: Mark Ellis
CF: Matt Kemp
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
3B: Luis Cruz
RF: Andre Ethier
C: A.J. Ellis
SS: Justin Sellers
SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu

Cruz hitting fifth has to be a rare thing in his career, I’d think. Crawford’s absence is a bit of a puzzle, although these lifetime stats for Jerry Hairston Jr. may explain it (Crawford has no record against Bumgarner):

PITCHER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Madison Bumgarner 7 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .429 .429 .571 1.000
  • LOB2

    Anybody know why Crawford’s not listed as starting?

    • KT

      Normal day off to ease him back into everything

      • LOB2

        Ah. Thanks. I was worried he was hurt.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Normal day, plus tough lefty.

      • LOB2

        Tough is an understatement…

  • KT

    Did everyone see Jon’s article on Yesterday’s game?

    http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2013/04/02/kershaw-and-koufax/#comment-849988455

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep

      • KT

        Hey Bob over on DT now…at least there is a couple of people

  • KT

    .

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just tuned in. KT, you watchin’ this game, or what?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Loney would have made that play. (and so did Gonzo).

  • Bob_Hendley

    As Vin says, gutsy performance.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sellers’ inning.

  • John_from_Aus

    Just tuned in, not the best of days. Errors or no errors, 2 hits doesn’t usually get it done