The first two games between the Dodgers and the Giants were played under miserable conditions, and they both ended with equally miserable results for the boys in blue. But that was all in the past. The swirling, unmerciful winds were gone. The cold, unrelenting rain was gone. The sun was out over the bay, and Clayton Kershaw was pitching for our heroes. It played out exactly as we all hoped it would.
The Giants sent Johnny Cueto to the mound, and the boys got to him early, and I do mean – they got to him. The Dodgers scored with uncanny regularity against Cueto, and it seemed to get under his skin, at one point leading to a benches clearing scrum.
In the first inning the Dodgers came out with early swings in the counts which resulted in a rally and a two-run double by Yasmani Grandal. After the hit, Cueto and Grandal stared at each other and exchanged some unfriendly words. Apparently Cueto was accusing Grandal of stealing signs from second base.
In the third inning, with the Dodgers leading 2-0 and Grandal at the plate, Cueto uncorked one that whooshed right by Yaz’s chin. Chase Utley scored on the message-turned- wild pitch, and Grandal and Cueto slow-burned at each other when Cueto came in to cover home on the play.
Grandal popped out to CF on the next pitch, and someone said something that brought both benches on the field in a typical baseball stare down. The Dodgers were ahead 3-0
The boys got to Cueto again in the sixth when they loaded the bases. With two out and two strikes, Yasiel Puig sharply singled to left and he brought in two more runs to put the Dodgers ahead 5-0. Puig happily patted his bat and the universe blew up with reminders that Kershaw was 67-0 when gifted a five-run lead.
Kershaw’s day was done after seven, and Pedro Baez came in to pitch an uneventful eighth inning. Then Sergio Romo was handed the game and the ball in the ninth. Romo immediately gave up a solo home run to blow up the shutout.
That would be all for the Giants as Romo settled down and finished the game without any more drama. Whew. I would imagine his days are going to be numbered if he doesn’t turn things around – and fast.
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Look for more Dodgers thrills when Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound against the Marlins tomorrow night at Chavez Ravine.
Movin’ On Up: The Dodgers are 23-18 and gain a half-game on the snakes with the win.
Don’t Worry About the Ace: Clayton Kershaw with seven shutout innings, only giving up two hits.
He’s back: After a poor offensive showing in the first two games of the series, Cody Bellinger broke out today with two doubles, a run and an RBI
He’s Back Part 2: After cooling off, Yasiel Puig punched two hard hit balls for outs. In the sixth inning he punched through with a key 2 RBI single. Later he hit one deep to CF. Let’s hope he’s climbing out of his mini-slump.
Clayton Kershaw went 7 innings with 3 hits, 0 runs, 5 Ks. ERA 2.15 and he’s now 68-0 with a five run lead.