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Dodgers Offense M.I.A. Again as They Drop 2nd Straight to Giants

Posted By Simran Reyatt On Aug 22 2012 @ 1:13 pm In Los Angeles Dodgers,MLB | No Comments

The new-look Dodger offense, which were scoring runs at a premium only a week ago, has found itself stalling and sputtering for the second night in a row as the San Francisco Giants took game two of the series, 4-1, at Dodger Stadium last night. For the second straight game, the Giants pitching shut down the Dodger offense. Tim Lincecum (7-13) resembled his former Cy-Young award-winning self, pitching 5 2/3, allowing one run on five hits earning the win. Joe Blanton took the loss for the Dodgers, falling to 8-12, and is still win-less with the Dodgers.

Like Monday’s game, the Giants pounced on the Dodgers from the start. Angel Pagan led off the game with a single to center and advanced to third on a single by Marco Scutaro. Pablo Sandavol was walked to load the bases for Giants slugger Buster Posey, who came through with a two-run single to center. Blanton got out of the inning cheaply enough, getting Hunter Pence on a fly-out and then catcher Hector Sanchez to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Giants added two more runs in the fourth inning. Gregor Blanco singled to center with one out. After a failed pick-off attempt by Blanton, Blanco advanced to third and scored on a Brandon Crawford single to left. Crawford was then driven in on a Pagan double to right-center, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead.

The Dodgers only real threat came in the sixth inning but some untimely hitting and base-running blunders cost them dearly. Catcher A.J. Ellis opened with a walk and pinch hitter Juan Rivera followed with a single to left. Shane Victorino then singled softly to center field and third base coach Tim Wallach decided to roll the dice and send Ellis home. Pagan’s throw from center field was perfect and Sanchez blocked the plate, leaving Ellis nowhere to go, other than back to the dugout. Adam Kennedy followed with a single, loading the bases for Matt Kemp. Kemp could only manage a sacrifice fly to right field. Giants manager Bruce Bochy then summoned left hander, Jose Miljares, to face Andre Ethier, who struggles mightily versus lefties. The struggle continues as Ethier struck out swinging to end the threat.

The Dodgers failed to get a hit after the sixth until the ninth inning, when Kemp finally ended is hitting drought, collecting a one-out single to left field, giving the Dodger faithful a glimmer of hope. Bochy then called on lefty Javier Lopez to face Ethier, who induced him into a game-ending double play.

The Giants now lead the Dodgers by a game and a half leading up to tonight’s finale. It doesn’t get any easier for the Dodger offense at they face Giants ace, Matt Cain (12-5). The Dodgers send out Chris Capuano (11-8), who will hope to keep the Giants at bay and avoid the sweep. Salvaging a game is crucial for the Dodgers if they hope to keep themselves in the thick of both the National League West  and the wildcard races

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