Hernandez Leads the Dodgers to Victory

Opening Day, Thursday, July 23, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Although Opening Day began badly for the Los Angeles Dodgers when left-handed Clayton Kershaw with back stiffness was put on the Injury List, they walloped the San Francisco Giants 8-to-1.

Right-handed Dustin May started in place of Kershaw. At 22, May has a tremendous quality of pitches, including his new changeup. Because of his tender age, he still has problems with command.

The Giants are a team who is rebuilding to be competitive for the future. Without Buster Posey, who opted out because he adopted premature twins, Brandon Belt with an injured foot, and Evan Longoria with a strained oblique, the Giants have a weak offense.

Facing the Giants was the perfect opponent for rookie May. May should have been practicing at a field at USC. Of course, during the 2020 season, May, barring an injury, probably will have an impact. Tuesday, in the weight room, Kershaw injured his back. Although Kershaw’s back improved since Tuesday, he could not pitch Thursday.

Over his 4.1 innings, May bobbed and weaved. His lack of command made him work harder than he should have. He blew the Giants away by from 98 to 100-miles-per-hour. His breaking balls were mostly fantastic. The movement on his pitches caused May’s control problems. He allowed a mere run.

The Dodger bullpen was brilliant. If Kershaw could have pitched, the bullpen would have had more rest than they did. Adam Koralek received the win. Brusdar Graterol made a Dodger debut and dominated the Giants.

Slowly the Dodger offense woke up from its long winter’s nap. Kiké Hernandez had four hits, including a two-run homer. Hernandez had 5 RBI, the most by a second baseman on Opening Day since Joe Morgan in 1978.

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