The kid pitchers handed off to the vets Saturday. Alas, the results for the Dodgers were less than encouraging.
Ted Lilly, who received the Dodgers’ biggest off-season contract ($33 million for three years), pitched two perfect innings and then went into permanent struggle mode.
The Giants chased him after 4 2/3 innings, having gotten to the left-hander for four runs and six hits. Naturally, as is Lilly’s way, he received no offensive support in the easy 10-0 victory for the Giants.
Last season, Lilly received an average of just 2.84 runs of support per nine innings, the lowest mark in the major leagues. One game down into the new season, and he leads again.
Of course, Lilly wasn’t exactly helped by a lineup that featured five backups, including two (Hector Gimenez, Ivan De Jesus Jr.) who came in looking for their first career hit.
Casey Blake, Jay Gibbons and Juan Uribe are injured, and Rod Barajas and Rafael Furcal were rested. Because, you know, it is already the third game of the season.
The way Lilly, 35, threw -- and reliever Kenley Jansen -- it might not have mattered if he was supported by the ‘27 Yankees. This followed an outstanding opening-day start by Clayton Kershaw and a strong start Friday by Chad Billingsley.
Jansen, who struggled in his last exhibition outing, was as wild as he’s ever been. He gave up four runs and five hits in just one inning.
At least there wasn’t a full house at Dodger Stadium to take it all in. On the first Saturday home game of the season, the Dodgers announced they had sold 40,809 tickets. That, of course, doesn’t take into account the no-shows, who were fairly significant for the second consecutive game.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers shortstop Jamey Carroll applies a late tag as San Francisco's Brandon Belt steals second base during the sixth inning Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press