Six days after the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Guggenheim group was finalized, the Dodgers fittingly were playing the San Francisco Giants in the first home game under the new ownership. Magic Johnson had the honor of announcing Vin Scully’s famed phrase, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” and the Boys in Blue took over from there.
Ted Lilly quieted the Giants’ bats and Juan Rivera gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout in the third. The Giants then got to Lilly in the sixth, tying the game behind a Joaquin Urias RBI single. The Dodgers quickly responded, scoring two more runs off Barry Zito in the bottom of the sixth, and scored another run off Giants reliever Steve Edlefsen to take a 4-1 lead in the seventh.
With runners on second and third, James Loney made a diving stop and flipped to Josh Lindbolm for the third out on a ball hit down the first base line by Giants catcher Hector Sanchez. Leading 4-1 in the eighth, the Dodgers then erupted for five more runs. A.J. Ellis led off with a single and reached second on a Tony Gwynn sacrifice bunt, who was safe at first on an error by Buster Posey.
Dee Gordon followed with a bunt single to load the bases with no outs and Mark Ellis coming up to bat. Giants reliever Travis Blackley walked he second baseman, which scored a run. The flood gates then opened as Alex Kennedy and Andre Ethier hit back-to-back singles to push the Dodgers’ lead to 8-1. Rivera would drive in another on his second RBI groundout of the game and Scott Elbert pitched the ninth to secure the 9-1 win for the Dodgers.
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