Dodgers vs Giants – battling for first place in the NL West. Maeda against Bumgarner. Vin Scully calling the plays. What else do ya need?
2nd inning 1-0
Maeda with a 1,2,3 inning on 8 pitches.
Rob Segedin tee’d off on Bumgarner for a solo home run. 2-0
3rd inning 2-0
Charlie Culberson cut off Corey Seager on a grounder up the middle. Wrong play. Seager’s momentum was carrying him to scoop up the ball and make the throw to first for the out. Culberson was running away from first and had to make the same acrobatic spin throw that got Ruben Tejada‘s leg broken in the Utley slide. Culberson could not make the play. The runner was safe, and that rookie mistake came back to haunt the Dodgers.
Men on 2nd and 3rd, with one out. A bloop single by Angel Pagan made it 2-1.
Another single made it 2-2.
Corey Seager pinged out his second hit of the night.
JT with another single to send Seager to third!
Gonzo wiith a sac fly RBI. 3-2
4th inning 3-2
With men on 1st and 3rd the Giants tried a double steal. Grandal straight dealt to third and gunned the runner out. 2 out.
Maeda then tossed an excellent slow breaking ball, followed by another on the outside corner to strike out Bumgarner and end the inning.
5th inning 3-2
Another Giants rally that started with a mistake. This time, a passed ball by Yasmani Grandal. The official scorer faulted Maeda with a passed ball, but no way. Grandal should have made that stop. Either way, the runner advanced and was cashed in. 3-3
Kiké Enrique Hernandez finally paid off his start and hit a lead off single. He was immediately erased on a come-backer to Bumgarner.
Kendrick and Seager on 1st and 2nd, one out.
JT hit a little nubber to third that couldn’t be played. Bases loaded!
Gonzo brought home the butter and eggs with a clutch base hit! 5-3
6th inning 5-3
Jesse Chavez in. Single, stolen base, single, score. 5-4
Adam Liberatore in. DP to get the job done.
Chase Utley in. Base hit.
Andrew Toles with a PH gapper!!! Scores Utley. 6-4
Kiké base hit! 7-4
7th inning 7-4
Joe Blanton in. Struck out two. Job done.
Blanton still in. He got two out and the skipper went for the four out save with Kenley Jansel. One pitch and job done.
With one on, up came Andrew Toles.
KABOOM! A two-run home run to CF. 9-4
9th inning 9-4
With two out and two strikes, Jansen gave up a home run. He then got the next batter to close things out.
Dodgers Win! 9-5
Kenta Maeda was not as strong tonight as his past few outings, but he kept the game close. He was snakebit for two runs by two misplays from his defense. The first was Culberson cutting off Seager’s probable out in the 3rd, and later, on Grandal’s passed ball in the fifth.
Two games in a row: Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin bashed home runs.
ROY Watch: Seager remains hot. 3 hits and a walk. 14 game hitting streak.
Speaking of a hot bat: Gonzo has a 16 game hitting streak. He came up huge with two critical RBIs in the fifth.
Did somebody say “Hot bats”?: The 3,4,5 hitters went 8 for 12, with 2 walks tonight.
Kenta Maeda (W 13-7) went 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 4 Ks.
Home runs: Segedin, Toles
Team with RISP: 4 for 11