In what was the biggest series to date this season, the Dodgers failed in just about every aspect in the last three games, all victories by the San Francisco Giants. The Giants finished off the series sweep with an emphatic 8-4 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium last night. Matt Cain (13-5) pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run on seven hits while Chris Capuano (11-9) suffered the loss for the Dodgers. The loss dropped the Dodgers 2 1/2 games out of first place in their quest for the National League West title.
As with the previous two games, the Giants wasted little time jumping on the Dodgers. Angel Pagan, as he did on Monday’s game, led off the game with a double to left field. A Marco Scutaro single advanced Pagan to third and he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The Dodgers looked as if they would get out of the inning only trailing 1-0 after Capuano got Hunter Pence out of strikes. But shortstop Joaquin Arias drilled a Capuano pitch into the right-center field seats, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead.
The Dodgers had their chances, most notably in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mark Ellis led off with a double to right center and with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez to follow, things were looking good. However, Kemp grounded out to second, advancing Ellis to third. Ethier then followed with a weak fly ball to right that was not be deep enough to score Ellis from third. Ramirez followed with what looked to be run-scoring single to left, but Sandoval dove to his left and robbed Ramirez of a hit and the Dodgers of a run.
The bottom of the fifth provided another opportunity for the Dodgers. James Loney singled to center and, after Luis Cruz flied out to right, advanced to second on a base hit by catcher A.J. Ellis. Capuano was next and sacrificed both runners up a base, bringing up Shane Victorino. However, Cain dug his cleats in and got Victorino to strike out swinging.
The Giants opened up the game in the top half of the sixth, with two doubles, a single and a bases-loaded walk. Pagan, again, was at the catalyst leading off the inning with a single to center. Scutaro double him to left and Sandoval singled in Pagan. Arias doubled again, this one off of relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson, and Brandon Belt was intentionally walked to load the bases for Justin Christian. Christian, who is batting only .125, drew a full count walking bringing home another run and putting the Giants up 6-1, and effectively out of reach.
After tacking on two more runs in the seventh, the Dodgers made a valiant effort in the eight inning, scoring three runs on doubles by Ellis and Kemp, singles by Ethier and Cruz, and a walk by Juan Uribe. But A.J. Ellis was induced into an inning-ending double play, squashing any hopes the Dodgers had of a miracle comeback.
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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.