The Dodgers finally defeated the Giants 3-2 in ten innings on Saturday afternoon. Of course I was at work and didn’t get to see it, but I still enjoyed it in my mind. Knowing the Dodgers won made the day much better, even if I couldn’t see it. The Dodgers were able to at least save face by salvaging one win in this series.
Unfortunately the Dodgers were struck with more injury news. As you all have heard by now, Carl Crawford was placed on the disabled list with a rusty back (shocking news), and second baseman Micah Johnson was recalled to replace him on the roster. Crawford with back problems?! Why I’ve never heard of such a thing!
Dodgers 3 10 0
Giants 2 5 1
Scott Van Slyke had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch when he suffered back tightness. I think he is listed as day-to-day, but the Dodgers can little afford anymore injuries, especially to the outfield.
During the game Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner dueled for the first time this season and it was every bit as good as advertised. I didn’t see it, but it was I tell you what. Kershaw tossed eight innings of two-run ball, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5. The only runs Kershaw allowed was two solo home runs to Bumgarner himself (yes I am not joking) and ninth place hitter Ehire Adrianza, (Ehire!??!!?!?!). If you remember Bumgarner homered off of Kershaw last season. Bumgarner threw six innings and allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out 8. Both pitchers were not involved in the decision.
The real hero of the game was non-roster invite Charlie Culberson. The little guy made two incredible defensive plays, and drove in the winning run in the top of the tenth inning with a run scoring double down the right field corner. The Dodgers had tied the game in the second inning when Van Slyke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded forcing in the tying run.
The Dodgers were trailing by a 2-1 score in the top of the ninth, when they rallied to force the game into extra innings. Santiago Casilla loaded the bases when Chase Utley walked, Yasiel Puig singled, and Justin Turner was hit by a pitch. With one out, Giant’s second baseman Kelby Tomlinson booted what was a for sure game ending double play, allowing the tying run to score, and ruining the Giant’s day.
For once the Dodger bullpen did not blow the game. Chris Hatcher who was last night’s gloat actually pitched a scoreless inning in the bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen shut the door in the bottom of the tenth to record his second save of the season.
The Dodger offense left a small arsenal of base runners throughout the game, including leaving the bases loaded in several innings. Overall the Dodgers were 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base. Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez, and Kike Hernandez each had two hits. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 PM, but was rain delayed by 41 minutes.