Gather the clans, order pizza and batten down the pavilions. It’s the Dodgers versus the Giants, up in the bay.
You wouldn’t know the Dodgers were the visiting team, as Pantone 294 (the traveling group of Dodgers fans) made their 903 count presence known right from the lead off double by Joc Pederson. Unfortunately, it takes more than loud chants to score runs, and the Dodgers left Pederson stranded on second.
The boys got a couple more base runners in the second, but came up short again.
The Hated Ones came back in their half of the inning to tie it with two outs, extend the inning, and push McCarthy’s pitch count up. He was at 45 pitches after three.
The Giants weren’t done peppering McCarthy, who started the fourth inning with single, single, double, a single and confusion on the infield that finally ended with the Giants up 4-1 with no outs. After a sac fly it was 5-1 and the offensively challenged Dodgers were reeling in the San Francisco wind.
In the sixth, after 95 pitches and another Giants run, the skipper finally pulled a tired and ineffective McCarthy.
It was 6-1 in the 7th and the Dodgers were looking for their first offensive beat since the 3rd inning. But that didn’t happen, so they went to the stretch needing a miracle.
After the stretch the Pantone 294 group opened their giant LA flag in the outfield stands and the crowd woke up. Unfortunately, it takes more than a big, blue flag to score runs, and while the Dodgers remained helpless at the plate, Grant Dayton dealt a fat one to Buster Posey. It was 7-1. When the score reached 8-1, Roberts threw in the towel and brought out the rag, Chris Hatcher.
Hatcher actually struck out the side in the eighth, but it seemed like everyone stopped caring by this point. It was cold and windy, the seagulls were waiting for the field, and everyone was sleepwalking.
The Dodgers managed a couple of base runners in the ninth, because the Giants bullpen stinks, and Chris Taylor brought in a run to make it 8-2. Then PH Franklin Gutierrez knocked in a run to make it 8-3 and force the Giants to go to their closer in what should have been a laugher.
Scott Van Slyke came up, and a passed ball brought in Chris Taylor. 8-4
Joc Pederson struck out to end the game. They now look to Rich Hill to stop the losing streak.
Bring on the Marching and Chowder Society: Chris Taylor had three hits, an RBI and scored a run tonight!
McCarthy went 5 2/3 with 8 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 5 Ks. ERA 4.15