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A.J. Ellis’ 9th Inning Double Seals Dodgers Win in Rubber Match with Giants

Posted By Daniel Trucios On Jul 8 2013 @ 12:39 am In San Francisco Giants | No Comments

It came down to a double late in the game.

With the score tied at 1-1 with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 9th, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis would hit a double to deep left center to clear the bases and get LA a three-run lead. The Los Angeles Dodgers (42-45) would win by a final of 4-1 and take the series from the San Francisco Giants (40-47) two games to one.

The three-run double came off of Giants closer Sergio Romo who had allowed the bases to be loaded in the first place.

“It’s a great thing about the Dodgers and Giants, there’s no secrets,” Ellis said. “With Sergio right there, you know what his bread and butter is. You know he’s trying to throw a slider. Fortunately for me and for the team I found a ball that I could hit.”

After allowing the double, Romo would intentionally walk Mark Ellis and then leave the game. Giants reliever Jake Dunning would get the final out of the inning by getting pinch hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. to ground into a fielder’s choice to third base.

The Giants would not be able to rally in the bottom of the inning getting only a two-out single to center by Buster Posey. After that, LA’s closer Kenley Jansen would strike out Giants outfielder Hunter Pence to end the game. Jansen would get credited with his 9th save of the year.

The game was a pitchers duel throughout with Clayton Kershaw (W, 8-5) squaring off against Chad Gaudin and the Giants bullpen. Gaudin would last 7 innings allowing just one run in the 2nd. Hanley Ramirez started off the 2nd inning with a triple and was latter hit in by Andre Ethier with a single to center. Ramirez would later get a double in the 7th as his hitting streak is extended to 18 games.

Gaudin would get the better of the Dodger hitters striking out nine and allowing just four hits, a walk, and the one run. It was Gaudin’s first game since June 20th when he was struck in the right arm by a line drive by Miami’s Derek Dietrich.

As for Kershaw, he went 8 innings getting just three strikeouts while allowing three hits, a walk, and one run in the third. The only run for the Giants was scored by Guillermo Quiroz who started off the inning with a double latter advancing to third on a wild pitch and then scoring on a Andres Torres sac fly to center.

Kershaw did hit the reigning NL MVP Buster Posey in the 7th with a pitch. The Giants would threaten to score in that inning having runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. However, Giants left fielder Cole Gillespie would fly out to center to end the inning.

The young Dodgers’ phenom Yasiel Puig made some noise in this third game having two hits including a leadoff single in the 9th to help start the rally. Puig, however, would strikeout twice in his other two at bats having struck out a total of seven times in the series.

Puig was also caught stealing 3rd base in the 4th inning getting thrown out by Guillermo Quiroz who was catching this game while Posey was playing at 1st.

Game one of this series was a blowout win for the Dodgers by a final of 10-2. LA third baseman Juan Uribe went 3-5 with seven RBI’s and falling a single short of the cycle. Giants’ starter Matt Cain (L, 5-5) didn’t even make it out of the 3rd allowing 8 earned runs in the loss.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (W, 7-3) would go 6 2/3 innings allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks.

The Giants would even things up with a 4-2 win in game two. Despite batting out of order in the first inning and costing themselves a run, San Francisco managed to score three times in the 2nd inning and then tack on another in the 4th with pitcher Madison Bumgarner (W, 9-5) hitting in a run on a sac fly.

On the mound, Bumgarner allowed just two runs on a Tim Federowicz home run in the 5th. Bumgarner would leave after the 7th inning getting nine strikeouts against the Dodgers, including striking out Yasiel Puig three times.

The Dodgers now leave town as the Giants welcome the New York Mets (37-48) for a three game series starting tonight. San Francisco’s probables are Tim Lincecum (4-9), Barry Zito (4-6), and Matt Cain (5-5). New York’s probables are Matt Harvey (7-2), Dillon Gee (6-7), and Zack Wheeler (2-1).

Wheeler was part of the Giants’ minor league system until July of 2011 when he was traded to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran. The 23 year old pitcher made his major league debut on June 18th of this year getting credited with a win in the Mets 6-1 victory over the Braves.

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