It’s May Day on the West Coast.
Fans tuning in expecting to see Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw on the bump will be a little confused when they saw a flowing red mane of hair instead. Just hours before Kershaw was scheduled to take the mound, the Dodgers announced that the lefty was placed on the injured list because of a balky back. In his stead, super prospect Dustin May handled the pitching duties for the Dodgers.
May pitched well, working into and out of trouble before being pulled at 60 pitches. Dave Roberts pieced together the remainder of the game through the bullpen and the bats came alive in the seventh to give the Dodgers an 8-1 win over the Giants.
May saw limited action with LA last year, but he is one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball and is sure to figure into the Dodgers’ plans in a shortened season. In 14 games last season (four starts), May lived up to the hype, pitching to a 3.63 ERA (2.90 FIP), offering a glimpse into the future of LA’s pitching staff.
May gets another taste of the LA vs. the Bay rivalry as he takes on a veteran-laden Giants lineup that will be without star catcher Buster Posey for the 2020 season. Posey and his wife adopted twins, so he opted out of a season that MLB will attempt to play amid a global pandemic.
In any case, the 2020 campaign will begin to unfold tonight in Los Angeles, with the Dodgers once again flirting with destiny and the Giants looking to resume their even-year bull . . . uh, magic starting with this NL West matchup.
Sporting News covered from first pitch to last below.
(All times Eastern.)
Dodgers vs. Giants score
Dodgers 8, Giants 1
1:05 p.m. END OF GAME: Dodgers secure the 8-1 win after Brusdar Graterol gets an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning.
12:59 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Kiké strikes again. A two-run shot to right and he adds to his night.
12:46 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH: Sandoval flys out to Bellinger to end the away half.
12:39 p.m. END OF SEVENTH: Mookie Betts strikes out with the bases loaded to end the Dodgers rally. Blue scores five in the seventh.
12:36 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Run is walked in after Dany Jimenez walks Max Muncy. Dodgers up 6-1.
12:34 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Failed fielder’s choice results in a run scored. Still two outs in the seventh. Bases still loaded. 5-1 Dodgers.
12:20 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Kiké Hernández with a two-RBI single. Dodgers open it up 4-1.
12:17 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Mookie Betts scores from third on a fielder’s choice. Dodgers lead 2-1.
12:10 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH: Heineman flys out to Betts to end the inning.
12:01 p.m. END OF SIXTH: Austin Barnes grounds out to end the inning.
11:53 p.m. END TOP SIXTH: Seager gloves a pop fly in shallow left to end the top half of the sixth. Still knotted at 1.
11:44 p.m. END OF FIFTH: Corey Seager strikes out with runners on to end the Dodgers scoring threat.
11:33 END TOP FIFTH: Tyler Heineman gets himself in a pickle between home and third, resulting in a double play.
11:26 p.m.: Dustin May is now out of this game after 60 pitches, making way for Caleb Ferguson.
11:17 p.m. END OF FOURTH: Barnes grounds out to third to end the inning.
11:16 p.m.: Bases loaded now for Austin Barnes, two outs in the fourth.
11:10 p.m. DODGERS SCORING PLAY: Kiké Hernandez singles home Corey Seager, who doubled on the prior AB. Dodgers tie it up at 1.
11:07 p.m.: Johnny Cueto is using all sorts of timing tricks on his windup: quick pitch, rocking, shimmying, everything you can imagine.
11:02 p.m. END TOP FOURTH: May handles a Brandon Crawford ground out to end the top of the fourth. Home half coming up.
10:53 p.m. END BOTTOM THIRD: Quick 1-2-3 inning for Johnny Cueto, and Betts grounds out to end the inning.
10:48 p.m. END TOP THIRD: Hunter Pence grounds to Turner to end the threat. Dodgers escape allowing just one run.
10:45 p.m. GIANTS SCORING PLAY: Sandoval with a sac fly, calling Tyler Heineman. 1-0 Giants.
10:43 p.m.: Bases loaded nobody out for the Giants, and Pablo Sandoval up.
10:35 p.m. END OF SECOND: Pederson grounds out to end the second here.
10:33 p.m.: Corey Seager grounds into a quick double play, erasing Turner.
10:32 p.m.: Justin Turner is grazed by a pitch, Corey Seager up next.
10:28 p.m. END TOP SECOND: Dustin May making quick work on the Giants so far, with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top half of the second.
10:23 p.m. END OF FIRST: Alex Dickerson with a nice running catch of a fly ball off the bat of Bellinger. We head to the second.
10:19 p.m.: For the first time in his career, Mookie Betts is taking a swing as a Dodger.
10:16 p.m. END TOP FIRST: A few hits, an error, some weird baserunning makes for an adventurous first inning for May, but he gets through unscathed. Dodgers coming to bat.
10:10 p.m.: May is loose early, hitting 98 on the good. Mike Yastrzemski aboard after an error.
10:07 p.m.: We are set for baseball on the West Coast as Dustin May is set to take the ball in Dodger Stadium.
9:52 p.m.: Starting lineups being revealed here as Giants and Dodgers players get ready to do something similar to what Yankees and Nationals did prior to their matchup in D.C., with all players and personnel taking a knee prior to the national anthem.