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Shohei Ohtani Helps Dodgers Defeat Padres in MLB Opener

The LA Dodgers Won the First Game of the Seoul Series vs the San Diego Padres 5-2

The Ohtani Era Has Begun!

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored four runs in the eighth inning to complete an epic comeback and beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 in the first game of the season-opening Seoul Series. The Shohei Ohtani era with the Dodgers began in a slow, low-offense contest, but Korean fans got their money’s worth.


Shohei Ohtani Helps Dodgers Defeat Padres in MLB Opener
Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani/Jung Yeon-je/AFP

The Ohtani stats were not spectacular but he delivered. Ohtani went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk to help the Dodgers come from behind.

MLB news outlets witnessed that he also got confused for a moment and failed to tag second base before getting back to first in the eighth inning but it happened moments after his first RBI with the Dodgers, so I can’t blame him.

A Tale of Two Bullpens

Tyler Glasnow, who also made his Dodgers debut, pitched well, giving up two earned runs on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks over five innings. The bullpen was lights out, with four relievers combining to throw four scoreless innings, including Daniel Hudson, who picked up the win after his scoreless seventh inning, and Evan Phillips who got the save.

Relief pitching was the big difference in this Dodgers game. Yu Darvish was solid for the Padres, allowing just one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and three walks but his early high pitch count hurt him and forced the Padres to replace him after just 3 2/3 innings.

From there, the Padres used seven pitchers. While many of them managed to contain the Dodgers’ offense to one run until the eighth inning, in the end, Wandy Peralta, Jhony Brito, and Adrian Morejon just couldn’t get the job done.

A Little Help From the Baseball Gods

What’s baseball without some luck? Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth’s glove got some undesired spotlight in the wild eighth inning when a Gavin Lux chopper tore through the webbing and kept the inning alive for the Dodgers.

A Showcase of Asia

This game showcased Asia on and off the field. Ohtani is the biggest name in baseball right now, but Padres shortstop Kim Ha-Seong got the biggest cheers from the crowd. The Korean star had a quiet game though, going 0-for-3 with a walk, but he’ll have another chance to shine in his home country tomorrow.

Most were there to see Ohtani, though. “(Ohtani) is like the best player you’d see in 100 years. And the fact that such a player is in South Korea as a Dodgers player to play in the opening game is so meaningful that I decided to come here,” a Korean fan told CNN.

Game 2 of the Seoul Series between the Dodgers and Padres is tomorrow at 6:00 AM ET.

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