The Dodgers opened up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on a day jam-packed with drama, celebration, and returns.

The club sent the returning Clayton Kershaw to the mound against budding ace Luis Castillo.

Old Friends

Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer also made their returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time since being shipped to Cincinnati.

Kemp, Wood, and Farmer were presented with their National League Championship rings by some members of the Dodgers front office. Puig was fashionably late to the stadium and missed the meeting. And start of his own press conference.

Puig had a wild ride of a day.

We All Wear 42

It was also a big day around the game of baseball with today being Jackie Robinson Day and everyone donning the beloved 42.

Vin Scully and Rachel Robinson

Vin Scully even made an appearance and was greeted by the lovely Rachel Robinson.

Joc Pederson Clutches Up

The game got off to a banging start with Yasiel Puig tagging Clayton Kershaw for a two-run bomb in the first inning.

The Dodgers came up with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning off a Cody Bellinger ground-rule double.

Nothing really got going until the bottom of the fifth inning, where AJ Pollock walked with the bases loaded to tie the game.

The ninth inning represented a stunner, with another former Dodger punishing his former team. Matt Kemp delivered a single off Kenley Jansen to put the Reds up in the ninth.

In the bottom half of the ninth inning, fireworks flew. Raisel Iglesias walked David Freese to bring the winning run to the plate in the form of Joc Pederson, who crushed a two-run walk-off bomb!

Return of the Ace

Outside of the scoring, Clayton Kershaw looked great. He tossed seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs off the Puig homer. He struck out six. Good start to the season for the ace lefty. The velocity was down a little bit from last year which is concerning, but it is just one start. His usage patterns also changed in the game, using his fastball 8.7% less, slider 4% more, and curveball 5% more than last season’s average. His fastball velocity sat at 90.0 mph for the night, compared to 90.9 mph in 2018 and 92.7 mph in 2017. We are looking at a new Kersh.

Cody Bellinger Update

A scary moment also occurred in the third inning where Cody Bellinger was plunked on the kneecap with a 95 mph Luis Castillo fastball. He stayed in the game but was replaced the following inning by Alex Verdugo. The good news is, the x-rays on his knee were negative and he is supposedly just day-to-day. Great news.

Results

W: Kenley Jansen (1-0)

L: Raisel Iglesias (0-3)

Next Up

The Dodgers face the Reds again with Kenta Maeda (2-1, 4.76 ERA) taking the hill against Tyler Mahle (0-0, 0.82 ERA) at 7:10 PT!