The Dodgers threw away a great pitching performance from Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first game of the Giants series and they lost 2-1. Clayton Kershaw delivered a seven inning gem and the Dodgers scratched out a 2-1 win for themselves.
Tonight’s game featured a very capable Alex Wood against Johnny Cueto, who always gives the Dodgers trouble, so true to form, this series between the California rivals was shaping up to be won by the team who makes the least mistakes and wants it more.
Both pitchers held the opposing team scoreless through the first four innings. The other news flash was Alex Wood was throwing a no-hitter through those four. And then it was five.
In the sixth, Corey Seager launched a huge solo home run to center field. The measurement was 463 feet.
That opened the gates. Justin Turner singled and Yasmani Grandal doubled him to third. Yasiel Puig took avery good walk to load the bases. Chase Utley blooped a single to pick up an RBI and reload the bases.
Andrew Toles hit a DP ball to short, but his speed kept him safe, and the third run of the inning crossed the plate. The Dodgers handed the ball to No-hit Wood with a shiny new 3-0 lead.
One too many folks must have said “No hitter” (including Joe Davis) because Drew Stubbs led off the sixth with a base hit. Wood was still good. That was all they got.
With the no-hitter no longer an option, Sergio Romo took over in the seventh. Nothing was broken, but the formula and chart-driven Dodgers pulled Wood who had dominated the Giants all night, and brought in a gift. Romo gave up a single and then a two run home run to turn the game on its head, and let the Giants back in.
In the 8th, Pedro Baez gave up a solo home run that tied the game. An inning later, the Dodgers and Giants went to extra innings.
Streaking: Justin Turner has a 12-game hitting streak.
Alex Wood went 6 innings with 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk and 5 Ks
Tomorrow they play an afternoon game. I can’t wait.