The Dodgers won the first game of the weekend series against the Giants with a little help from ninth inning heroics from Justin Turner and Clayton Kershaw‘s thirteen strike outs. They didn’t have the benefit of Kershaw again, so Scott Kazmir and his up and down pitching abilities would have to suffice. Could Kazmir hold off the Giants bats?
With two outs, Kazmir went walk, walk, single, to give up a run.
Another RBI single made it 2-0.
3rd inning Giants 2-1
1,2,3 inning. Kazmir looking settled in.
4th inning Giants 2-1
Justin Turner on with a single.
Adrian Gonzalez blasted a double to drive in Turner and tie the game 2-2
6th inning 2-2
They scored to break the tie 3-2.
7th inning Giants 3-2
Bases loaded and two out for Trayce Thompson.
Walk!!! Tie score 3-3
No one could break the tie, so extra innings.
10th inning 3-3
Butter and Eggs!
Adrian Gonzalez went deep to left field for the tie-breaker! Dodgers 4-3
Kenley Jansen vs Giants
Denard Span: Double!!
Joe Panik: Single Tie score 4-4
Buster Posey: Single to win the game.
Dodgers lose 5-4
Just as last night’s ninth inning heroics put a dagger in the Giants and their fans’ hearts, tonight’s game brought a gut-wrenching loss for the Dodgers.
Scott Kazmir gave up three runs over five innings, and the Dodgers successfully called upon their late innings muse once again. However, the usually reliable Kenley Jansen (who labored to finish off the Giants last night) had trouble securing the save. He gave up four hits and two runs to lose the lead, and the game. He has not looked in control this series. It just goes to show elite savers have slumps as well. I’m wondering if that long stretch where Dave Roberts didn’t use Jansen has come back to bite, because Jansen cannot seem to find the feel for his pitches these days.
What’s more, that loss completely took the air out of our BBQ party, and made the air suddenly feel 10 degrees colder.
The good news is the hungriest Dodgers bats have started to fatten up against the Giants. Justin Turner last night. Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal tonight. Here’s hoping this continues into tomorrow, and the Dodgers can score plenty of runs for Julio Urias tomorrow.
Scott Kazmir went 5 innings with 3 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, 3 Ks. ERA 4.52
Home run: Adrian Gonzalez
Doubles: Pederson, Gonzalez, Turner
Team with RISP: 1 for 9 Getting worse