The 2020 MLB season got off to a weird start, and it's only going to get weirder during a 60-game season that won't have any fans due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Once the baseball got underway at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Giants-Dodgers played out as most expected, with the World Series favorites hammering Gabe Kapler's club 8-1. While only cardboard cutouts were present to see the Giants' late-inning plan fail, Chavez Ravine did have one mysterious visitor to Opening Day 2020, as a balloon floated into the stadium from lord only knows where, prompting the Dodger Stadium organist to deliver a perfect reaction.
The Giants held their own for six innings, as Johnny Cueto and hard-throwing Dodgers phenom Dustin May traded shimmies and fireballs early. But everything fell apart in the seventh, as the Dodgers mounted a rally against Tyler Rogers. Mookie Betts singled, Cody Bellinger doubled. Betts got a great jump on a ground ball to second off the bat of Justin Turner and beat Donovan Solano's throw home, scoring to break the tie and send the Giants toward an 0-1 start to the shortened season.
The two NL West rivals will battle again Friday with Jeff Samardzija and Ross Stripling expected to get the ball for each side to begin the affair.
No word yet on whether or not the balloon got tickets to Game 2.
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