SYDNEY -- For at least eight more days, the Los Angeles Dodgers can dream of going 162-0.
They handled the globe-trotting thing pretty well, traveling 15,000 miles roundtrip to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in both Opening Series games Down Under. After Sunday's 7-5 win at the Sydney Cricket Ground -- which took place Saturday night in Los Angeles -- the Dodgers don't play a real game again until the following Sunday.
That will present a certain challenge itself, but these first two games, played in front of enthusiastic Australian crowds, hinted that the Dodgers might be as good as they hoped they would be.
Or maybe it was about how bad the Diamondbacks looked. Dodgers pitchers dominated until some young relievers started walking batter after batting in the final two innings Sunday.
On a warm day and a fast field, the Dodgers' offense came to life. Arizona starter Trevor Cahill couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, having given up five runs and eight hits. Arizona third baseman Martin Prado got eaten up at third base in the series and the Diamondbacks committed three errors Sunday.
An unlikely hero, Scott Van Slyke, provided the offense in Saturday's win. Sunday, speedster Dee Gordon sparked a lot of the action with three hits, scoring two runs. Yasiel Puig, who had a miserable spring, also had three hits, as well as two RBIs. Puig, however, was thrown out twice on the bases -- by plenty -- trying to force the action.
The Dodgers like that Puig has learned to hit cutoff men, though much of his game is still under construction. He can, however, hit despite a sub-.200 spring batting average. Puig cranked a double into the left-field corner off Arizona reliever Josh Collmenter to add the Dodgers' sixth run. He was 0-for-4 Saturday, but it took swirling winds to keep one of his drives to center field from clearing the wall.
Hyun-Jin Ryu admitted to being a bit anxious, unusual for him, but he didn't show it. Ryu got through five scoreless innings, holding Arizona to two hits and striking out five.
On Saturday, the wind kept several well-struck balls from going out, but conditions were better for scoring in the heat and humidity of the Sydney afternoon. Gordon cranked a double into the gap in right center but stayed at third when Puig singled to left. The ball skipped to Mark Trumbo so quickly, Gordon never broke for home. Puig kept motoring and was an easy out after getting caught in a rundown.