Giants game wrap: LA smashes Giants 8-1 in season opener

San Francisco Giants’ Tyler Heineman, second from left, dives back to third before being tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner after he was caught between third and home during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. Mark J. Terrill/AP

By Jeremy Harness

The Giants hung in there with the heavy favorite Los Angeles Dodgers for six innings, but the Dodgers broke it open in the sixth and kept pouring it on.

Los Angeles came away with an 8-1 win over the Giants, in a season opener that, frankly, had the feel of a glorified scrimmage, despite the cutouts dispersed in the lower as well as the upper deck to go along with fake crowd noise.

But again, beggars can’t be choosers, and at least this was live baseball that one did not have to wake up in the middle of the night to watch, as was the case with the Korea Baseball Organization.

Speaking of the KBO, it was announced that the league will begin to allow fans into the ballparks starting Sunday, after months of playing games with no fans, giving hope that MLB will able to move on from the without-fans phase sooner rather than later.

As for the game, Clayton Kershaw, was scheduled to be the Dodgers’ starter on Thursday, but he suffered from back tightness that forced him out of action, as he was replaced by rookie Dustin May.

The Giants had a real opportunity in the third inning, loading the bases with nobody out. However, the Giants only were able to get one run across, via sac fly by Pablo Sandoval.

The Dodgers tied the game in the fourth when Kike Hernandez knocked in Corey Seager, and then dropped a five-spot on the Giants three innings later. Hernandez added a two-run homer in the eighth to cap off the scoring.

The starters held their own, as Johnny Cueto gave up only a run on five hits over four innings, and May surrendered only a run on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

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