There are three things you can count on in this life, death, taxes, and the Dodgers losing in San Francisco. The Dodgers rolled over again dropping the second game of the series to their hated rivals by a 2-1 score on Tuesday evening. They’ve now lost 5 out of 8 to the Giants this year and 4 out of six in San Francisco. Overall they’ve lost their third straight and have lost 4 of their last 6 to drop back into third place. As for the Giants, they’ve now won five in a row. Honestly I never thought the Giants were as bad as their record indicated.
Dodgers 1 7 0
Giants 2 11 0
The Dodgers were unable to hit left hander Ty Blach (who strikes out less than three batters per start) who limited them to one run on five hits over seven innings with four strikeouts. Blach has now allowed just three earned runs to the Dodgers in 25.1 innings pitched. It’s unbelievable that the Dodgers couldn’t hit this guy. I mean come on its Ty Blach!
But the Dodgers put out another all-righty lineup, resting the red-hot Yasmani Grandal and playing Scott Van Slyke at first base who is terrible and batting .122 after going 0 for 3 tonight with two strikeouts. Kike Hernandez was penciled in at cleanup for some reason (Kike did have two hits), and Franklin Gutierrez batted second. The Dodgers had seven hits, five of them were singles with six walks. The only run was scored on a solo home run from Chris Taylor in the top of the sixth inning that tied the game. The boys in blue were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.
Rich Hill made his return to the mound for the Dodgers as they optioned left handed reliever Grant Dayton back to Oklahoma City. Hill wasn’t terrible, but again couldn’t pitch past the fifth inning. Sound familiar? Hill tossed five innings and allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Hill was fine, but unfortunately the Dodger offense again folded up like a beach chair against a subpar pitcher.
The Giants put runners on base in every inning against Hill. They had a runner reach second in the bottom of the first when Denard Span was hit by a pitch and was balked to second base. Hill was able to get out of it by whiffing Christian Arroyo, getting Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to fly to center.
The Giants put a runner on first in the bottom of the second when Nunez singled and stole second but was stranded there after Mac Williamson grounded out. In the third inning Span singled and was picked off by Hill. Then in the fourth inning Belt belted one out of the park for his eighth home run of the season to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
The play was reviewed because it looked like a fan reached over the fence but the call was upheld, because you know it’s the Dodgers here. The fourth inning could have been worse after consecutive singles from Posey and Crawford but Hill got former Dodger Justin Ruggiano to strike out, and Nunez to ground into a double play. Hill wasn’t sharp as he was missing his sports early but was able to limit the damage.
The problem was the pathetic Dodger offense, yet again. The Dodgers had their best chance to plate some runs in the top of the fourth inning. Justin Turner singled with one out and Hernandez doubled over Ruggiano’s head to advance Turner to third. Turner tried to score on Austin Barnes’ fielder’s choice grounder and was thrown out at the plate. Then Yasiel Puig grounded into a force play.
The Dodgers had another chance to score again after Taylor’s home run in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t get a clutch hit. Gutierrez and Hernandez singled. However Turner struck out and Barnes and Puig both flied out.
The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With Luis Avilan on the mound (who is now the lone left hander in the Dodger bullpen) Belt reaches on a ground ball single to second. Avilan uncorks a wild pitch and Belt goes to second. Posey’s grounder advances him to third and he scores on Crawford’s single. The Giants lead 2-1.
The Dodgers got a lead-off single from Taylor in the top of the eighth, but that was immediately erased when Corey Seager grounded into a double play. That was it.
The Dodgers are now well on their way back to mediocrity and fall to below .500 against the NL West. The club is now 22-18 and have fallen back to three games behind Colorado. The Dodgers look to get swept tomorrow afternoon even with Clayton Kershaw on the mound in Wednesday’s series finale. Johnny Cueto will counter for the Giants with first pitch scheduled for 12:45 PM.