Dodgers win 2024 Seoul Series Game 1

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SEOUL — The Dodgers’ offseason was one of the most talked about in baseball history. Not only did they sign Shohei Ohtani, who is arguably the best talent the game has ever seen, but they also spent over $1 billion on contracts this winter.

With so much expense and a star-studded roster the expectations and pressure increase. Going into the season, the Dodgers know they will get the best punch from every opponent.

In their first chance to showcase their loaded lineup in 2024, the Dodgers showed they will be a tough team to beat, scoring four runs in the eighth inning to earn a season-opening 5-2 win over the Padres. Wednesday at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea.

Through seven innings, the Dodgers were knocking on the door, but struggling to get in. Against Yu Darvish, Los Angeles had few chances to score runs, especially in the third inning. However, Darvish struck out Max Muncy to swing at to end the frame and strand the bases loaded.

But after getting a lucky break on a ball that literally broke through Jake Cronenworth’s glove that would have put him ahead for good, the Dodgers’ superstar was leaving no more chances. Mookie Betts followed with an RBI single to give the Dodgers a 4–2 lead. On the next pitch, Ohtani delivered an RBI single of his own. In his first game as a Dodger, Ohtani went 2 for 5 with two singles and a stolen base.

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