The Dodgers took care of business against the hated SF Giants, and although they did not sweep the Giants, it sure did feel like one team is that much better than the other.
The Dodgers continued their dominance over the division, with the two wins against the Giants, the Dodgers are now 32-13 against the west.
The Dodgers started the series off with some great pitching from Hiroki Kuroda. Although not dominant strikeout wise, Kuroda gave up 6 hits, all of them singles except for his mistake to Ishikawa, who hit the ball out of the park. Kuroda kept the ball on the ground, inducing 10 ground ball outs of a possible 19 outs.
Tuesday night the game was over early, as the Dodgers erupted for nine runs.
So after winning two of three, the Giants were in a must win Wednesday afternoon, with their ace and perhaps the best pitcher in the NL on the mound. The Dodgers tied the game in the 9th against Lincecum and forced extra innings. The big hit, you guessed it, Andre Ethier showing that he may be the most clutch hitter on the team. He sure is gaining a reputation as a clutch hitter around baseball. So with Billingsley out, the Dodgers patching together starting pitching with the Billinglsey injury, using 7 different pitchers and vs the ace of the Giants, they were still able to force extra's.
So basically the Dodgers showed that the Giants must have their ace out there to win, and even then not a gimme. The Dodgers took 2 of 3 without starting Kershaw or Billinglsey.
Ethier in the series, 5 hits 3 RBI's, we talked about someone stepping up a leader, on the field Andre certainly filling the void.
I really enjoy watching Sandoval hit, but for him to charge the mound was ridiculous. The Dodgers should hit him next time for acting out like that. Kudos for Russell Marting going after the Panda, showing he would stick up for his pitcher, means more than you think.
After a three game series against Arizona, starting next Monday, the Dodgers play 10 games vs Cubs, Cardinals, and the Colorado Rockies who sit 5.5 games back. Should be really exciting part of the season. I can't wait to see how the Dodgers do vs the Central top two leading teams. I am also eager to watch Albert Pujols play, he sure is fun to watch.
So in conclusion after this three games series against the Giants, we learned what we have known all season, LA is the king of the west and should feel very comfortable with a 6.5 game lead vs the Giants.
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Written by Jon Bella