The Dodger’s big blue heroic steamroller rolled right over their latest victim on Friday night. This time it was their hated rivals the Giants time to suffer. The blue wheel spun and spun and tonight’s player of the game was Corey Seager who hit two huge home runs in the Dodger’s 6-4 win over San Francisco in the series opener. Doesn’t it feel a little more special against the Giants? Come on just admit that you know it does.
The Dodgers and Giants are two clubs moving in opposite directions. The Dodgers came into the opening game of the three game series on Friday night 31.5 games ahead (now 32.5) of the Giants. The Dodgers are on pace for 111 wins, meanwhile the Giants are on pace for 100 losses.
Somehow the Giants have the edge in the season series between the two clubs. It doesn’t matter how good the Dodgers are or how bad the Giants are, San Francisco will always find a way to play the Dodgers tough and be a thorn in their side. How in the world did the Dodgers lose 6 of 10 to these guys? I don’t know but the hated Giants rolled into town to play a weekend set at Dodger Stadium.
Giants 4 8 1
Dodgers 6 6 1
The pitching match-up saw 11-1 Alex Wood taking on fellow southpaw Matt Moore. It’s important to remember that Moore nearly no-hit the Dodgers about a year ago here. It’s also important to remember that Moore is one of the worst starting pitchers in the National League. Let me show you just how bad Moore is.
Moore has a 5.82 ERA and has allowed 138 hits in 111.1 innings pitched. Take a look at that again and notice he’s allowed 11.2 hits per nine. Moore is awful and of course the Dodgers had just two hits against him through the first 6 innings. Even though Wood gagged up a one-run lead in the seventh inning as the Giants scored 3 unanswered runs (no thanks to Corey Seager’s throwing error), the Dodgers were still able to do their usual and score four runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning to one-up the Giants. That got Wood off the hook and the Dodgers had another brilliant come from behind win. Final score Dodgers 6 Giants 4.
The game began as both clubs exchanged solo home runs. Seager hit one out in the second frame and the Giants got one from Brandon Crawford. The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth thanks to some good base running and some sloppy defense from the Giants. Austin Barnes walked and took second on a wild pitch from Moore. Nick Hundley’s throwing error allowed him to go to third.
After Jae-Gyun-Hwang’s diving stop on Kike’s sharp grounder to third, Joc Pederson walked. The Giants made another critical mistake when nobody was covering second base on Alex Wood’s grounder to short. Joc was running on the play and the Giants could only retire Wood. Barnes crossed the plate to give the Dodgers the lead.
Taylor did flash some leather in the second inning. He’s not all bat and no glove certainly.
The seventh inning is where things got wild. The Giants scored three runs in that frame off Wood. It started with a Buster Posey bloop single and after a Brandon Crawford force out erased Posey, Hwang’s single to center scored Crawford to tie the game. Oh and Seager did make a horrible throw… but don’t worry he would make up for it later.
Then Hundley doubled, and Gorkys Hernandez’s double brings home Hwang (just ahead of the throw) to plate the fourth San Francisco run. That makes the score 4-2 Giants.
There was worry, and I was admittedly annoyed. But these are the 2017 Dodgers, so you know they’re going to have something left in the tank. There is no give up in these boys.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Barnes leads-off with a walk. After Kike looks at a called strike three, Joc doubles Barnes to third. In comes George Kontos from the San Francisco bullpen and pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig’s grounder scores Barnes to put the Dodgers within one at 4-3. Miracle man Chris Taylor does it again by flaring a double into shallow left field to tie the score at 4-4.
Another pitching change from the Giants (Josh Osich) does nothing as Corey Seager immediately crushes a two-run home run to put the Dodgers back up by a 6-4 score. That was all she wrote. Brandon Morrow pitches a scoreless eighth inning and Kenley Jansen finished the Giants off in the ninth. Dodgers win 6-4!
The two clubs will battle again tomorrow afternoon in a nationally televised broadcast. Rich Hill will take on Ty Blach in another duel of southpaws. The entire world will be able to see the Giants get embarrassed. What a magical season this has become hasn’t it?
Oh and Seager also did this too….
Wood Pitching line : 7 IP 4 ER 8 H 0 BB 5 K