Hatcher did what was asked of him, recording the last three outs of the
Hatcher, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the off-season, had never saved a game in the major leagues.
"Being in Dodger Stadium like that was pretty electric," Hatcher said.
The Dodgers came into the season with Manager
"I wish I had that inclination," Hatcher said. "I thought I might go to the back end, but to the ninth inning?"
Rookie Yimi Garcia pitched a perfect seventh inning and veteran
Hatcher had a shaky start, as the second pitch he threw struck
"I was probably too geeked up, too excited," Hatcher said.
But Hatcher promptly forced
"After I hit him, it settled me down," Hatcher said. "It sounds funny, but it kind of reminds you you're still playing a game."
A new era
As was expected, rookie Joc Pederson started in center field, with
Mattingly wouldn't call Pederson an everyday player, but said, "You're going to see Joc a lot in center field."
Pederson prevented a likely extra-base hit by
"I'm excited to see what we can do over the course of the season," Clayton Kershaw said.
At the plate, the left-handed-hitting Pederson was one for three with a double and a steal. He also drew a leadoff walk in the eighth inning and scored on
"It's been a long process," Pederson said. "A lot of the hard work is paying off. I'm thankful for the coaches that have helped me and continue to help me. I still have a long way to go."
On days Pederson doesn't play, Mattingly said
Mattingly said he spoke to Ethier on Saturday about his role. Ethier said in the off-season that he wanted to be a starter this year, whether it was with the Dodgers or another team.
Mattingly acknowledged that Ethier might not be pleased to be a bench player again, but said, "Any step can change his whole situation. If one guy takes a bad step, turns an ankle, Andre's playing every day."
Puig made certain he wouldn't be late for opening day this year, showing up to the Dodgers clubhouse at 7:25 a.m.
Puig was benched for the season opener last year because he was late for batting practice.
"He almost beat me here," Mattingly said.
Puig had a relatively uneventful day. He was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, but reached base twice, as he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and drew a walk in the eighth.