LA 2nd team ever to open with 3 shutouts

April 7th, 2016

SAN DIEGO -- With a 7-0 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night at Petco Park, the Dodgers became just the second team in modern-day Major League history to record three shutouts to open a season, matching a feat previously accomplished only by the 1963 Cardinals.

Dodgers pitchers also set a franchise record for starting a season with 27 consecutive scoreless innings, which broke the mark of 23 by the 1974 club.

The '63 Cardinals went 32 innings before allowing a run.

"These guys are embracing [pitching coach] Rick Honeycutt and [bullpen coach] Josh Bard's game plan and executing pitches," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Starting with Clayton Kershaw setting the tone for the staff, these guys are feeding off each other from the starters to the 'pen."

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, making his Major League debut, homered in his second at-bat and allowed five hits in six innings. Yimi Garcia, J.P. Howell and Joe Blanton each followed with an inning apiece.

The Padres nearly ended the streak in the bottom of the sixth, when Cory Spangenberg tried to score from third base on a ground ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Spangenberg was ruled out, and after a replay challenge by the Padres, umpires ruled that the play would stand as called, preserving a 5-0 lead for the Dodgers.

On Monday, Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings of a 15-0 shutout. On Tuesday night, Scott Kazmir pitched six scoreless innings of a 3-0 shutout.

The Dodgers open a four-game set Thursday against their longtime rival, the Giants, in San Francisco. Left-hander Alex Wood is slated to start for Los Angeles.