Interesting approach the Dodgers are using to get the new season underway: score early, get terrific starting pitching, hang on.
It has worked in four of their five games and might have worked in all five if
They pulled it off again on a chilly Wednesday night in San Diego, scoring three times in the first inning and riding an excellent first effort from right-hander
Haren was just shy of brilliant in his initial outing as a Dodger, going six strong innings. He gave up one run and four hits. He retired nine consecutive batters to start, did not issue a walk and struck out six.
The Dodgers will head home with a 4-1 record, and with their offense not yet a well-oiled machine, their starting pitching has shined. In five outings, their rotation has a combined earned-run average of 0.91, with seven walks and 30 strikeouts in 29-2/3 innings.
As they have done in every game this year, the Dodgers scored first, staking Haren to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against right-hander
The Padres scored in the fourth inning when
The Dodgers added to their lead in the fifth inning when Ramirez walked, stole second and scored on an
The Dodgers bullpen had been a little rocky early, but Paco Rodriguez,