The sun is shining a little bit brighter for the Dodgers after they squeaked out a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. They did it without Matt Kemp, who was held out while receiving an MRI for his ailing shoulder after slamming into the Coors Field wall last week. Tests came back negative revealing inflammation, although it is unknown how long Kemp will be out of the lineup. Ronald Belisario (5-1) picked up the win for the Dodgers with Jeremy Affeldt (1-2) suffered the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the ninth.
Kemp’s mates picked up the slack, though it took them a while. Giants starter Matt Cain worked his usual magic against the Dodgers early on, blanking them for five innings. Things didn’t start well for the boys in blue. With one out in the first inning, Marco Scutaro doubled to left and was advanced to third on a Pablo Sandoval single to center. Scutaro then scored on a sharp single to third by catcher Buster Posey, putting the Giants out front, 1-0. And given the way the Dodger offense has been missing in action of late, it wouldn’t have been improbable if that was all the Giants would need.
But the Dodgers actually showed some resolve for a change. In the sixth, starting pitcher Chris Capuano of all guys, started the rally with a one-out single to center. Mark Ellis followed with a single to center, advancing Capuano to third, who then scored on a Shane Victorino sacrifice fly. However, he Giants got back on top in their half of the seventh. Posey led off with a double to left and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Hunter Pence. After an intentional walk to Joaqin Arias, Brandon Belt hit a liner back to the box that Capuano almost caught. The ball bounced off his glove, and Posey scored, putting the Giants up 2-1.
The Dodgers didn’t give up though. Juan Rivera led off the eighth with a double to right field and advanced to third on an A.J. Ellis sacrifice bunt. Manager Don Mattingly then called on Alex Castellanos to pinch run for Rivera. That decision proved crucial as he ended up scoring on a wild pitch from Cain, tying the score at two apiece. It is unlikely that Rivera possessed the speed to score on that play.
After the Giants went scoreless in the eight, Gonzales led off the ninth with a triple to right-center and scored on a double by Ramirez. The Dodgers then proceeded to run themselves out of the inning, with both Ramirez and then Andre Ethier getting thrown out attempting to steal. However, Brandon League was able to get the Giants out in the ninth, picking up his 11th save. The win was preserved by a nifty catch by third baseman Luis Cruz on a Hector Sanchez line-drive with the tying run on second base. Thus the Dodgers, if for one day only, kept themselves alive in their quest for the N.L. West.
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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.