It was about three weeks back and the Dodgers just came off of what seemed to be a signature sweep over their rivals to the north in San Francisco. The sweep propelled them into a tie for first place and the new-look Dodger offense poured in 20 runs over the three game sweep. The Dodgers, looking to build on that momentum, came back home to Dodger Stadium only to have the offense disappear, suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fast forward to now, the Dodgers were coming off of a 7-3 road trip, defeating the Pirates and the Braves in the process only to come home and have their bats betray them again. The Dodgers offense stalled over and over against as Giants lefty, Madison Bumgarner (14-7) pitched eight strong innings, only allowing four hits while striking out 10. Dodger ace, Clayton Kershaw (11-7) was equally impressive, also going eight innings and striking out 10. But he gave up a few crucial hits that turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Giants got started immediately against Kershaw. Angel Pagan led off the first inning with a double to left field and was sacrificed over by Marco Scutaro. Pablo Sandoval then hit a line drive to left fielder Shane Victorino, scoring Pagan from third. The Dodgers had their chance in the bottom of the second. With two out, Bumgarner hit Juan Rivera. Luis Cruz, fresh off of his red-hot road trip, singled Rivera over to third. But Bumgarner got A.J. Ellis out swinging on strikes to end the threat.
The Giants tacked on another run in the sixth as they started their own two-out rally. Pagan reached first on an infield single to short. Scutaro followed with what looked to be an inning-ending out to shortstop to Hanley Ramirez, but Ramirez was unable to field the ball, continuing the inning. That would prove vital for the Giants as Sandoval hit a flare to left field for a single. Victorino came up firing and made a perfect throw to Ellis at the plate, but Pagan managed to slide in safely just before he would be tagged out, providing a 2-0 for the Giants.
The Dodgers had another chance in the bottom of the sixth as Kershaw opened the inning with a single to right, his second hit of the day. Victorino forced him out on a grounder to third and then stole second and third after second baseman Mark Ellis lined out to right. But Matt Kemp, who has struggled mightily since being ejected against the Pirates last Thursday, struck out and the threat was over.
The Dodgers finally scratched in the ninth inning as they were down to their final out. Ramirez hit a 2-1 pitch from Giants reliever Sergio Romo into the left-field pavilion to cut the lead in half, 2-1. Giants manager Bruce Bochy then went to left-hand specialist Javier Lopez to get Andre Ethier to ground out weakly to first to secure the victory for the Giants.
About the Author
Written by Simran Reyatt
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles I became passionate about sports around 1988, watching the showtime Lakers and the miracle Dodgers. I have been hooked ever since! Lakers, Raider and Dodgers are my main passions, but really, I'm a huge sports lover as a whole.