National League Preview from The Sports Network, Game Two
Saturday, March 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) at Arizona Diamondbacks (0-1), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-0, 0.00)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Hyun-Jin Ryu tries to follow up a terrific rookie season
when he takes the ball on Saturday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers conclude their
two-game season-opening series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney
Cricket Ground in Australia.
Signed to a six-year, $36 million contract prior to the 2013 season, the
Korean left-hander led all qualified NL rookies with 192 innings pitched,
ranked second in wins (14), third in ERA (3.00) and fourth in strikeouts
He also tossed seven scoreless innings for the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS
against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ryu, who gave up four runs over 16 1/3 innings this spring, struggled a bit
against the D'backs last season, though, going just 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in
Arizona, meanwhile, will counter with righty Trevor Cahill, who has dominated
the Dodgers over the course of his career, posting a perfect 6-0 record to go
along with a 2.01 ERA in 10 starts.
Cahill, though, was just 8-10 last season for the Diamondbacks, while pitching
to a 3.99 ERA. An 18-game winner for Oakland back in 2010, Cahill has
struggled to regain that form and was not impressive this spring, as he
managed a 7.88 ERA over four starts.
The Diamondbacks, of course, are counting on Cahill even more now, given that
ace Patrick Corbin is likely done for the season with a torn ulnar collateral
Los Angeles got its season started on the right foot earlier on Saturday, as
Clayton Kershaw gave up just one run over 6 2/3 innings and Scott Van Slyke
smacked a two-run home run in the Dodgers' 3-1 win.
Kershaw, the NL's reigning Cy Young Award winner, scattered five hits and
struck out seven in his fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers,
who rewarded their ace with a seven-year, $215 million extension this
Kenley Jansen recorded the final three outs to earn the save.
Paul Goldschmidt had two hits in the setback for the Diamondbacks.
Wade Miley, thrust into the Opening Day start for Arizona due to the likely
season-ending elbow injury to Corbin, absorbed the loss, surrendering three
runs and three hits in five innings, but did strike out eight batters.
After returning to the states for a series of exhibition games, the Dodgers
will resume their regular season on Sunday, March 30 against San Diego.
Arizona, meanwhile, will play five Cactus League games before starting a four-
game series versus the San Francisco Giants on March 31.
This series actually commemorates the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game
played by the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants at the Sydney Cricket
Ground, won 5-4 by the White Sox before 10,000 fans on Jan. 3, 1914.
Arizona took 10 of its 19 matchups with the Dodgers a year ago.
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