A full-throated roar 548 days in the making boomed through Dodger Stadium at 11:45 a.m. Friday. The cardboard cutouts were gone, replaced by 15,036 humans in Dodger blue eager to celebrate a championship and simply watch their beloved team in person after a season apart amid a pandemic. The Dodgers treated them to a show.
A day that began with an emotional ring ceremony and a tribute to Tommy Lasorda featuring his daughter Laura ended in a crisp 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on the backs of Walker Buehler and Justin Turner.
Buehler added another chapter to his big-stage résumé, tossing six scoreless innings in his second start of the season. Turner went three for three with the difference-making solo home run in his first game at home since re-signing in February.
Read full story on latimes.com
And in the end, Corey Knebel, not Kenley Jansen, was summoned to pitch the ninth inning. He struck out the side for his second save of the season as the Dodgers improved to 6-2.
“It was great to have fans back in Dodger Stadium, hearing the roar of crowd,” Turner said. “It was nice to be home.”
Friday was a clash between the previous two World Series champions and, coincidentally, the first game at Dodger Stadium with fans in attendance since Oct. 9, 2019, the day the Nationals knocked them out of the 2019 postseason with an upset in Game 5 of the National League Division en route to winning the World Series.
That was the night of Clayton Kershaw’s last playoff failure. The night Joe Kelly surrendered a back-breaking grand slam to Howie Kendrick. The night the Dodgers, after winning a franchise-record 106 games, had their World Series drought extended to 31 seasons. “When you don’t win the last game of the season and you’re to blame, it’s not fun,”