The Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the MLB season in Australia this week at the Sydney Cricket Grounds. The Dodgers swept the two-game series.
After a successful trip to Australia, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned home with the best record in baseball at 2-0. They swept the Opening Series against the Diamondbacks with 3-1 and 7-5 victories.
The starters, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, combined to go 11.2 innings and allowed one run on seven hits with 12 strikeouts and two walks. Not a bad way to start off the season!
With the bats, they put up 10 runs in the two games. Yasiel Puig, Juan Uribe and Dee Gordon were the offensive standouts with three hits each in the second game. Scott Van Slyke also hit a home run in the first game for the first homer of the 2014 season.
Most importantly, Adrian Gonzalez will lead the league in stolen bases for an entire week. He is also the MLB all-time stolen base leader in Australia now, so that alone makes the trip worth it.
Despite winning the series, there were plenty of errors made defensively and on the base paths. But what else can you expect when you interrupt Spring Training and throw the team across the globe.
They have one more week to shake off whatever rust remains before the season starts. The rest of the league is arguably more prepared for the regular season than the Dodgers and Diamondbacks since they got a full, uniterrupted Spring Training.
So what's in store this week for the dodgers? Three days off, three exhibition games against the Angels and then the domestic opener in San Diego against the Padres on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
That means that the Dodgers will have played three games that count before 27 other teams in the league have had their season opener. Starting the season with the Australia series almost feels like baseball has not truly started, but I checked the standings and the Dodgers are indeed 2-0 and the best team in the league!