A rough three games for the Giants in Los Angeles concludes with a Clayton Kershaw win.
Kershaw pitched 8 plus innings allowing just two runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-42) beat the San Francisco Giants (38-40) by a final of 4-2. Kershaw (W, 6-5) would strike out seven and allowed 4 hits and one walk as the Dodgers complete a three-game sweep of their rivals at home. It was Kershaw’s first win since May 20th.
“I had better fastball command tonight than I had in the past,” Kershaw said. “There were a few three- or four-pitch sequences there where there was a lapse. So there’s some little things to work on here and there. But overall, it was better tonight for sure.”
The two runs allowed by Kershaw were given up on a two-run home run by Buster Posey in 4th inning.
“You can’t walk Scutaro leading off that inning, especially after we just got a run,” Kershaw said. “I mean, Posey’s going to hit homers — that’s what he does — but it should have been a solo homer.”
It was Posey’s 10th home run of the season as he would go 3-4. The runs off of Posey homer were all the Giants offense could muster against Kershaw.
At the time, Posey’s home run gave the Giants a 2-1 lead that was not surrendered until the bottom of the 6th where the Dodgers would score three runs off of Tim Lincecum to take the lead.
With Hanley Ramirez on 2nd with one out, Andre Ethier singled to right allowing Ramirez to score. Ethier would steal 2nd base and then score on an A.J. Ellis double to right. Juan Uribe would get Ellis over to 3rd with an single kept in the infield by a diving Marco Scutaro at 2nd base. Ellis would then score on a wild pitch by Lincecum while Uribe moved to 2nd.
After the wild pitch, Lincecum would be pulled in favor of Jose Mijares who would get two straight strikeouts to end the inning. Lincecum (L, 4-8) had gone 5 1/3 innings allowing all four of the Dodgers’ runs.
Kershaw, meanwhile, kept the Giants at bay until the start of the 9th inning when he allowed a lead off single to Marco Scutaro. Kenley Jansen would come in to relieve Kershaw and after allowing a single to Buster Posey, Jansen would get two straight strikeouts before getting pinch hitter Brandon Belt to shatter his bat and pop out to short to end the ballgame. Jansen would get credited with his 6th save of the season.
Game one of this series was headline by LA outfielder Yasiel Puig as the Dodgers won 3-1. Puig would hit a solo home run in the 1st inning and would later break the 1-1 tie in the 8th with an RBI single to left.
The Dodgers would then take game two of the series on Tuesday night by a final of 6-5 holding off a late Giants rally. San Francisco had scored two runs in the 9th to make it a one run game but Paco Rodriguez came in and allowed just one single before getting three straight outs to end it.
The series featured the return of Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list for a strained left foot. Sandoval went 2-4 in game one of the series but failed to get a hit in the remaining two games.
The Giants leave their archrival’s territory and head to Colorado to face another NL West rival, the Rockies. San Francisco’s probables are Barry Zito (4-5), Matt Cain (5-4), and Madison Bumgarner (7-5). Colorado’s probables are Jhoulys Chacin (6-3), Jorge De La Rosa (8-4), and Juan Nicasio (4-4).
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Written by Daniel Trucios