Welp folks Dodger baseball is certainly fun again. Thanks to a huge power surge and some timely pitching. The Dodgers beat Madison Bumgarner and the stupid Giants by a 3-1 score on Saturday night baseball televised on Fox. The pitching matchup pitted southpaws Bumgarner against Alex Wood. The Dodgers and Wood prevailed as the usually cool as a cucumber Bumgarner lost his control. Bumgarner had ten full counts and walked four over six innings. The Dodgers continued to pound the baseball. Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez hit booming home runs and the Dodgers took the series.
But the Giants hung around until the very end of the game and it was a lot closer than it seemed. Wood turned in a quality start, tossing 5.1 innings allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out two. The Dodgers had six hits and three were for extra-bases. The Dodgers also flashed some leather as well. They made several outstanding defensive plays which really helped Wood. Here’s an interesting stat about the Dodger’s number two hitters.
Kike Hernandez is hitting 2nd for the @Dodgers tonight and just homered off Madison Bumgarner.
The #Dodgers have had a HR by their No. 2 hitter in 7 straight games, the longest streak in MLB history.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 17, 2018
The great glove work started in the top of the second when Hernandez made a terrific diving snag of a Buster Posey liner. The Dodgers got on the board in the bottom half of the second when Matt Kemp crushed his twelfth home run of the season while FOX was interviewing manager Dave Roberts. Don’t worry Roberts halted the interview to give Kemp his props. Thankfully.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth after Bumgarner issued three walks, (one intentionally) but they couldn’t score. Both pitchers ran into trouble in the fifth frame. Wood who hadn’t allowed a base hit through the first four innings gave up consecutive singles to Mac Williamson and Joe Panik. Bumgarner was unable to move the runners over and struck out. With runners at first and third, Allen Hanson’s sacrifice fly tied the game.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Austin Barnes led-off with a single. Wood moved him over to second with a sacrifice and after Chris Taylor grounded out the Dodgers took back the lead on a two-run home run from Enrique Hernandez. The Dodgers now up 3-1 looked to add more but after Justin Turner’s ground-rule double, Yasiel Puig grounds out. Before we move ahead in the game it’s important to note that Hernandez was batting .467 versus Bumgarner before the contest. That was his fourth career shot against him. The banana has his number.
Giants 1 4 0
Dodgers 3 6 1
The Dodgers got more terrific defense in the top of the sixth. With Wood still on the mound and seemingly wavering, Andrew McCutchen singled to open the inning. Posey’s deep drive to right field is snagged by Puig as he crashed into the wall. He looked a little shaken up, but was unfazed. Logan Forsythe made a great diving stop on a Brandon Crawford grounder to record the second out for the Dodgers. The Dodgers hooked Wood and called on Yimi Garcia to get the last out of the inning, which he did by getting Williamson to fly out to Puig.
The Dodger bullpen was once again fantastic. Scott Alexander struck out two in the top of the seventh which also included a caught stealing (Panik) to get out of that inning unscathed. Right hander Josh Fields pitched a 123 top of the eighth inning as well. Let’s move to the top of the ninth with the Dodgers still leading 3-1.
Kenley Jansen gave us a bit of a scare in the final frame, but held on to record his seventeenth save. Posey reaches on a Turner throwing error to start the inning on a bad note. Turner made a great stop on the sharp grounder but his throw was low and Bellinger couldn’t pick it. I think Bellinger should have had that. Kenley then whiffs Crawford for the first out on a low cutter. Williamson walks to put runners at first and second. Panik’s grounder moves the runners to second and third but there are two outs. Not out of the woods yet (no pun intended) Kenley gets Pablo Sandoval to foul out to Turner to end the game. Dodgers win it!
There’s nothing better than beating Bumgarner and the Giants. The Dodgers improve to 37-32 and can move to within 1.5 games of first place if the Mets beat Arizona tonight. The Dodgers go for the sweep on Father’s Day and what a great gift for Dad that would be. Chris Stratton battles rookie Caleb Ferguson in the series finale. The Dodgers will immediately fly to Chicago after the game.
On another note, my girlfriend is a Seahawks fan, but I think she’s starting to come around. What do you think? As expected I got plenty of compliments while wearing this shirt all weekend long. This has definitely brought some great mojo for the boys in blue. Beat those Giants! Happy Saturday all!