Sometimes things get a little fuzzy in the pub after waiting 189 days since the Padres last played a regular season game. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were on drinking and experiencing that strange emotion that Padres fan felt during the offseason. I think it’s called “joy.”

Opening Day 2015. After an offseason that was unprecedented in Padres history, one that saw five of the eight starting positions on the field completely recast, the Padres finally played a game that counts in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

The Padres (0-1) lost the first game of the season to the Dodgers (1-0) by a score of 6-3 at Dodger Stadium. Neither Padres starter James Shields (0-0, 3.00) nor the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 4.50) figured into the decision. Shields pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts while Kershaw matched him with six innings with six hits and two walks, while giving up three earned runs with nine strikeouts.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run off of Shields in the fourth inning, part of his 3-for-5 day, adding a double and single, later adding another run on a double from Howie Kendrick in the seventh inning. Shawn Kelley came into relieve Frank Garces in the seventh inning by getting Juan Uribe to ground to second base. In the eighth inning though, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run home run off of Kelley, scoring Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier to get the loss.

For the Padres, it was all Matt Kemp, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the first to score Wil Myers. Kemp then added two more on a fifth inning double to plate Clint Barmes and Derek Norris, who hustled all the way from first base to score.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT the Friars will have Tyson Ross (0-0, 0.00) up against the Zack Greinke (0-0, 0.00) of the Dodgers in the second of three games to open the season at Dodger Stadium.


Recaps

Bullpen unable to make Kemp’s 3 RBIs stand — Corey Brock and Ken Gurnick (MLB.com)

Padres fall, 6-3, in Kemp’s L.A. return — Dennis Lin (UT San Diego)

Dodgers open season in fine fashion — Steve Dilbeck (Los Angeles Times)

Kemp has 3 RBIs in Padres opening day 6-3 loss to Dodgers — Joe Resnick (Associated Press)

MLB Box Score


Quotes

“There’s a game tomorrow. And there’s a game the next day. And there’s a game after that & there’s a game after that. And they keep coming.”
Bud Black

“It was exciting, overwhelming, a little emotional. It was great, just to come back here and get the love I got.”
Matt Kemp on his return to Dodger Stadium (Lin)


Tweets


Videos

Kemp receives ovation in return

Kemp’s RBI single

Kemp’s two-run double


Photos

Fans cheer during Opening Day ceremonies, that includes members of the U.S. military holding a flag in the shape of the United States, before the San Diego Padres face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp tips his helmet to cheering fans as he comes to bat during the first inning of an opening day baseball game against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers scores on a single by Matt Kemp during the first inning of an opening day baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields throws to the plate during the first inning of an opening day baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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