Paul Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and drove in another run, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Los Angeles 4-2 to spoil the Dodgers' home opener Tuesday in Vin Scully's final season.
Goldschmidt gave the D-backs a 2-1 lead with his second homer of the season off Chris Hatcher (1-1), who then gave up a two-out double to Welington Castillo before issuing consecutive walks to Jake Lamb (intentional) and Yasmany Tomas that loaded the bases. Hatcher departed to boos.
Arizona added two more runs in the ninth on Socrates Brito's triple and Goldschmidt's groundout to shortstop.
Kenta Maeda allowed five hits over six scoreless innings, struck out four and walked one in becoming the second Japanese pitcher to start a Dodgers home opener since Hideo Nomo in 1996 and 2004. Except for the walk, his line was identical to that of his 7-0 win last week at San Diego in his major league debut.
Tyler Clippard (2-0) gave up one hit in one inning and striking out one. Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth to earn his first save.
Yasiel Puig entertained the sellout crowd of 53,279 on the base path and in the field.
In the fifth, Puig legged out a double and overslid the bag, putting him in a game of cat and mouse with second baseman Jean Segura. Sprawled on his stomach in the dirt, Puig initially touched the bag with his right hand while a fully stretched Segura rested his left glove in the middle of the base. Then Puig quickly stuck out his left hand and the umpire signaled safe. The D-backs challenged the call when it appeared Puig touched Segura's glove with his left hand, but it was upheld after a review lasting 3 minutes, 51 seconds.
In the sixth, Puig played a ball barehanded off the wall in right field and his throw to third baseman Justin Turner got Castillo out.
Arizona tied the game 1-all on Nick Ahmed's home run off reliever Pedro Baez with two outs in the seventh.
The Dodgers led 1-0 on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice to the catcher in the second.
Arizona starter Patrick Corbin gave up one run and six hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out one and walked one.
Hatcher allowed one run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning. He walked two and struck out none.
Honoring Vin Scully
The Dodgers brought out some of their greats before the game to honor 88-year-old broadcaster Scully, who is retiring at season's end after 67 years. Don Newcombe, who started Scully's first opening day in Brooklyn in 1950, began a relay of the ball that went through the hands of Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Al Downing, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Tommy Lasorda and Clayton Kershaw before Scully got it. He was escorted to home plate by Dodgersco-owner Magic Johnson and Peter O'Malley, whose father Walter brought the team west from Brooklyn. Scully then hustled from the field to his upstairs booth, but not in time to announce the game's first batter. He was well-prepared for the D-backs' No. 2 hitter, Socrates Brito, with Scully spinning stories about the Greek philosopher with the same name who was sentenced to death by drinking poisoned hemlock.
— Beth Harris/AP
11:17 a.m. Getting there and avoiding traffic
For those attending, or just trying to avoid the traffic, know that there will be no street closures, but the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be out in force to manage traffic flow.
Traffic officers will be placed at key intersections, the signals will be adjusted to improve flow and reverse lanes were implemented for three hours starting at 10 a.m., according to LADOT spokesperson Lisa Martellaro-Palmer.
This arrangement directs traffic on both sides of the street in a single direction and allows more vehicles to flow into the stadium. Reverse lanes be implemented on Vin Scully Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way to boost access at Sunset Gate (Gate A) and on Stadium Way at Academy for the 5 Freeway Gate (Gate C).
The flow of traffic will be reversed following the game.
Martellaro-Palmer also said there will be a shuttle bus, sponsored by the Dodgers and operated by Metro, starting at Union Station carrying fans directly through the gates at Dodger Stadium.
"As a field engineer, I've worked the games, and I can get stuck in the traffic, too. My recommendation is to take the shuttle," Martellaro-Palmer said. "It's very convenient. It has its own lane at some points, and it's very efficient when you want to get into the game.
She said that if you do choose to drive, you should allow plenty of extra time.
— KPCC Staff
This story has been updated.