Kershaw provided the perfect opening to both the baseball season and the first series of the year against the World Series "champions" of last year, the San Francisco Giants. In his opening day outing Kershaw went seven innings and amassed 9 strikeouts, allowing just four hits and one walk. Matt Kemp scored on a Buster Posey throwing error in the 6th inning, coupled with several other Giant fielding errors all lead to a 2-1 victory for the Dodgers.
The Giants continued to shoot themselves in the foot in the next game, adding two more errors bringing their season total to 5 in two games. Chad Billingsley took the mound and gave up three runs and five hits in 6 innings, with four strikeouts and one walk. Matt Kemp had a solid day scoring on one run and with one RBI, along with runs by Rod Barajas, Aaron Miles, and Chad Billingsley, giving the Dodgers the 3-4 victory.
Ted Lilly took the mound in the third game and just proved that he is clearly not worth all of the money he is being payed. The Giants won that game 10-0, needing no explanation.
Hiroki Kuroda got the nod for game four which saw the Dodgers take the 7-5 win. Kuroda went 7 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits, including a home run by Pablo Sandoval. Matt Kemp hit a homerun off of Barry Zito's moustache early, and Rafael Furcal, Aaron Miles, Jamey Carroll, James Loney, and Tony Gwynn Jr. all scored as well.