Two tough losses against the Diamondbacks for the Dodgers set this three game series with the Giants. Hyun-jin Ryu faced off against MadBum. The Dodgers will need help to overcome the Rockies because the Rockies lead the NL West by one game. The Rockies won today against the Nationals, but the Cardinals lost. So the Dodgers could end up with the 2nd wild card.
With two games remaining, the Rockies lead the Dodgers by one game in the NL West and possess the same record as the Braves. Colorado owns the home-field advantage tiebreaker over Atlanta.
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The Dodgers attacked Madbum in this game. But the Giants got on the board first as Nick Hundley hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 2nd. Ryu then walked the next two Giants hitters and trouble was looming. Ryu was able to get a double play and a fly out to get out of the inning. The double play would be a theme for the Giants tonight. In the top of third, Kike Hernandez hit a sharp single. David Freese walked. Manny Machado singled in Hernendez to tie the score. In the bottom of the fourth, the Giants were looking to score again. Evan Longoria reached on an error by David Freese.
Brandon Crawford then hit a single. The bases were loaded with one out when Kelby Tomlinson came up to bat. He hit into a double play. In the top of 5th, Kike Hernandez got another hit off Madbum. Justin Turner then hit a two run shot and the Dodgers led 3-1.
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In the bottom of the 6th, Joe Panik led off with a single. Evan Longoria then hit into a double play. Ryu went six strong innings. In the bottom of the 7th, Scott Alexander walked Brandon Crawford. Pedro Baez then came in and gave up a single. He then struck out Gregor Blanco and Gorkys Hernandez. Alex Wood was then brought in and struck out Travis D’Arnaud. In the bottom of the 8th, Kenta Maeda came in and gave up a single to Joe Panik. Evan Longoria then hit into a another double play.
Kenley Jansen came for the bottom of the 9th and hit Brandon Crawford with one out. The game ended with Aramis hitting into a double play to end the game. The Dodgers live another day in the hunt for the NL West and home field in the NLDS. The Dodgers need to win-out. If Atlanta loses once the Dodgers clinch home field in a potential NLDS match-up. If the Rockies at least lose one game, the Dodgers would play on Monday for the division at Dodger Stadium. Loser would get the wild card. If the Dodgers win tomorrow or Cardinals lose, the Dodgers will at least clinch a wild card spot. By winning today, they clinched that they would play on Monday.