Dodgers vs Giants. Kershaw vs Bumgarner. Puig vs Bumgarner. Lots of bad blood. The NL West title on the line. If you need more hype than that, you’re not a baseball fan.
1,2,3 inning. Job done for Kersh.
Nuñez got on with a single. He stole second and took third on a bad throw from Grandal. Kershaw then WP him home. 0-1
4th inning 0-1
Kershaw held them scoreless. Pitch count: 40 pitches
1,2,3 inning and 5 Ks total for Kersh. Pitch count: 75
Dodgers still not scoring, or threatening to score, or looking anything close to capable of scoring.
6th inning 0-1
7 in a row retired for Kershaw. Pitch count: 87.
Rob Segadin to PH for Kershaw. HBP! The second Dodger hit tonight. Hmmm.
Base runner, no out, top of the lineup. What would the Dodgers do?
Two quick outs. Then Bum threw way high and way tight to Corey Seager, dropping him to the ground.
He eventually struck him out to leave the hit batter on first.
7th inning. 0-1
Kershaw out – Pedro Baez in. He got it done.
With two out, Puig bounced one to Bum. After he threw Puig out at first, he said, “F** yeah!” And then he kept saying to Puig, “Don’t look at me.” (All the while staring at Puig) Yasiel moved in and said, “What will you do to me?” Benches cleared. Both players were furious, but kept apart. Nothing much happened, but it looked close for a minute there.
8th inning 0-1
With two outs, Carlos Ruiz PH for a single. Out for a pinch runner. Then everyone was out. Sheesh.
Adrian Gonzalez: BLAMMO! A blast to the wall. Hunter Pence leaped up, but it glanced off his glove to score Seager, who belly flopped on the plate to score the winning run!
Dodgers Walkoff Win! 2-1
Kershaw did a great job tonight of holding the Giants to three hits and only one run – and that run scored through errors and wild pitches. Unfortunately, Madbum had the Dodgers equally tied up in knots.
But these gritty Dodgers just – don’t – give – up! They needed a spark, and they got it from underplayed Andrew Toles. He started that ninth inning rally. Corey Seager kept it going with his increasingly clutch hitting, and of course, the butter and eggs man came through with the big hit.
Lots of us wanted to see Yasiel come up and get the game winner, as he was batting behind Gonzo, but he’s got two more games to be the hero.
The Giants looked destroyed as they headed out of their dugout and into their collective sadness. It was beautiful!
Kershaw went 6 innings with 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walks, 7 Ks. ERA 1.73