By Earl Heath

Contributing Sports Writer

The L.A. Dodgers botched their season opener while falling to Colorado 8-5 .You would think the World Series winners ran away with the game after pound out 15 hits and having 24 baserunners but hey left 14 on base. There was a base running blunder by Cody Bellinger and the Rockies turned three double plays.

A bright spot for the visitors was Mookie Betts, Cory Seager, Max Muncy and Bellinger all had two hits apiece. This marked the first time Colorado opened in Denver since 2011. 

It was a rare shaky season opener for Clayton Kershaw (0-1), who allowed 10 hits and six runs, five earned, over 5 2/3 shaky innings. In his previous eight opening day starts, Kershaw’s 1.05 ERA was the lowest of any pitcher (minimum 40 innings) since 1913, eclipsing the marks of Bob Feller (1.21) and Jim Palmer (1.40). Kershaw’s ninth opening day start sent his ERA to 1.73. 

“Honestly we just didn’t play a good baseball game” said Skipper Dave Roberts. All the way around.”

The next day Trevor Bauer made his Dodger debut and sailed through six innings tossing a no-hitter to go with a 10-0 lead. Then in the seventh coughed up two homers to the first two batters he faced. Bauer (1-0) s the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner baffled the Rockies with a dancing slider and nasty cutter. He left while throwing just 76 pitches 54 went for strikes. 

Bauer was replaced by David Price who went one and two-thirds innings giving up five hits and two earned runs on 27 pitches.. It was the first regular season appearance as a Dodger as he opted out of last season.

The Dodgers pounded out 16 hits as Seager and Justin Turner had three hits apiece. Turner had 3 RBI’s and Will Smith added two in an 11-6 win.

“They’ve been different,” Dodgers Corey Seager said of two wild games at Coors Field to start the season. “That’s this ballpark.” 

 GAME 3- It was Zach McKinstry hustling around the bases for the go-ahead score in the eighth inning when left fielder Raimel Tapia reached over the fence to bring the ball back, only to have it bounce out of his glove and roll away. It resulted in a Dodgers 6-5 win. 

Walker Buehler (1-0)went six innings giving up four hits two runs while striking out four.

“Expect the unexpected,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the  four-game series finale Sunday. “When you play here, that’s kind of what happens — not necessarily cats, but things happen here.” 

Kenley Jansen got five outs to earn the save. 

GAME-4- McKinstry lined a fastball off Mycal Givens that resulted in his first major league homer. It also was the first inside-the-park homer by a Dodgers player since Chris Taylor on Sept. 18, 2017, at Philadelphia. 

“Still a really cool story,” McKinstry said. “It will be one to tell later in life.

Julio Urías  (1-0) got off to a strong start after a fine finish in last year’s World Series, pitching into the eighth inning as the Dodgers  beat the Rockies  4-2 in the series finale.It was the first time he pitched   more than seven innings 

The champion Dodgers won the last three in a strange four-game series at Coors Field that featured a home run turned into a single on opening day, a cat running into the outfield, an inside-the-park homer and spraying fountains that distracted hitters. 

Urías (1-0) gave up one run and three hits in the longest start of his career. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out six and walked one in his season debut. He needed just 77 pitches to get through seven innings and exited after Ryan McMahon singled to lead off the eighth. It was his best career start.

“His Change-up was filthy” said Will smith. “That’s the best I have ever seen his Change-up.”

Urías had an exceptional  post-season last year as the Dodgers won their first title since 1988. He was 4-0 while allowing just three earned runs and striking out 29 in 23 innings, and he capped off the Game 6 clincher against Tampa Bay in the World Series with 2 1/3 hitless innings for a save. 

VS. OAKLAND- McKinstry and Seager each drove in three runs, Will Smith homered off the left-field foul pole and Los Angeles pounded then winless  Oakland 10-3.. 

Justin Turner also went deep as the defending World Series champions provided plenty of support for starter Dustin “Hippe” May (1-0). Seager hit a three-run double, and McKinstry had two RBI singles and a sacrifice fly. 

“The superstars are right behind me. I don’t really have to do too much,” McKinstry said. “(Betts) is behind me. Honestly, if I get out there he’s probably going to hit a double to the gap. That’s how I think — try not to put too much pressure on myself.” 

“The superstars are right behind me. I don’t really have to do too much,” McKinstry said. “(Betts) is behind me. Honestly, if I get out there he’s probably going to hit a double to the gap. That’s how I think — try not to put too much pressure on myself.” 

May, who was 3-1 in 10 starts and two relief outings during the shortened 2020 season, struck out eight and walked two over six scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits. 

The Dodgers will have their Home opener this week at the stadium. It will be the first time they will play in front of the fans since winning the World Series title. The team can have up to 22,000 fans attend.