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.
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)
“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.”
“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)
I do not look forward to an entire season of Draft Kings commercials.
— Pog Lankford (@poglankford) April 6, 2015
I am excited to watch the Padres play baseball, I forgot what that felt like.
— Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) April 6, 2015
Luckily DeREK Norris is OK. DerRICK Norris is being sent to the locker room to have a good cry.
— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) April 6, 2015
Watching the Padres tethered to a one year-old and four year-old. Not the most conducive setup for live-tweeting the game.
— SingingFriar (@singingfriar) April 6, 2015
Someone's going to be upset Upton didn't charge down the line immediately.
— VM David (@VocalMinoritySD) April 6, 2015
Can Craig Kimbrel play center field?
— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) April 6, 2015
Dick is so excited rn.
— Jodi (Jodes) Paranal (@jodes0405) April 6, 2015
Does Ellis have T Swift as his walk up music?! Hand in your man card, right freaking now! #BeatLA
— Lisa Jordan (@LisaCeeJay) April 6, 2015
FIRST BUNT OF THE YEAR!
— Chris Garcia (@sportsbrain) April 6, 2015
Vin just said Nick Vincent is from Poway. The blatant disrespect of Ramona…SMH
— VM David (@VocalMinoritySD) April 6, 2015
Norris Can Run #Padres
— Greg Weeks (@GregWeeksUNCC) April 6, 2015
Full count. 3 and Oh. #Dickisms
— Sean D. (@WonkoSD) April 6, 2015
SHIELDS GOES AFTER PUIG… AND THE BENCHES HAVE CL…stayed right where they were.
— Brady Phelps (@LobShots) April 6, 2015
If the season ended today, it would be a very short season.
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 6, 2015
Adrian's newfound personality will never not be funny.
— Oscar (@haha1721) April 6, 2015
2ER, 8K over 6IP on Opening Day is exactly why you go out and get Shields.
— Geoffrey Hancock (@LeftCoastBias) April 6, 2015
Nick Vincent is my favorite guy in the Padre bullpen. Quackenbush is no2 when he gets called back up, tho that new guy could be pretty good.
— Marcus (@marcusSDTX) April 6, 2015
Some Padres outfield defense gets Kershaw off the hook. Get used to that San Diego fans.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 6, 2015
So what's the rule now on challenge? Did Buddy have that entire pitching change to decide or only before?
— Craig Elsten (@619sports) April 6, 2015
— Travis Peterson (@PunkRockPaint) April 6, 2015
Jimmy Rollins is officially a Dodger.
— Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) April 6, 2015
So I finally get to a TV just to see that? #PPLive
— PadresTrail (@PadresTrail) April 6, 2015
There goes the season #NotOverReacting
— Beto Gurmilan (@BetoGurmilanT33) April 6, 2015
FYI, an elbow to your first baseman's head + an error + a three-run homer in the same inning is now called "The Shawn Kelley Triple Crown".
— Darren Smith (@DSmithShow) April 6, 2015
It's a long season. You have to take it one game at a time. No one gets wooly. #KTF
— Scott Kingery (@PadresFaithful) April 6, 2015