The Dodgers just love to do things the hard way. But what they don’t understand is that there is an easier way of doing things. The Dodgers could have built a better bullpen in the offseason that didn’t have several reclamation projects and journeymen clogging up the works. The Dodgers could have not used Yimi Garcia in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday night giving the Giants a free look at the game. The Dodgers could have brought Kenley Jansen in to start the ninth inning instead of bringing him in with two runners on and nobody out. Thankfully the Dodgers were able to stave off a late game San Francisco Rally and hang on (barely) to defeat the Giants 6-5 to even the series. A win is a win is a win.
I know I complain a lot at times, so let’s talk about something positive. The Dodger’s lineup looks locked in. The boys in blue scored six runs on seven hits and were 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position. A.J. Pollock was 2 for 4 with two singles, and Enrique Hernandez was 2 for 4 as well. Special note, Hernandez is now hitting .500 against Madison Bumgarner. Cody Bellinger hit a third inning grand slam home run off of Bumgarner which seemed to put the game out of reach. Although no game is out of reach with the Dodger’s terrible bullpen. (whoops sorry complaining again)
Giants 5 9 2
Dodgers 6 7 1
Hyun-jin Ryu pitched another brilliant performance. The Korean left hander tossed seven innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Caleb Ferguson pitched a scoreless eighth inning. And then the stupid meltdown in the ninth took place. We’ll get to that in a second.
Before that, the Dodgers took an early lead when they scored five runs in the bottom of the third. Russell Martin reached on a Bumgarner throwing error to open the frame. Ryu was walked while attempting to sacrifice Martin to second. Hernandez singles to center to score Martin and advance Ryu to second. That put the Dodgers in the lead 1-0. Two outs later Pollock’s ground ball single into left loaded the bases. Cody Bellinger strode to the plate and hits a grand slam home run (his fifth HR of the year already) to straightaway center. That puts the Dodgers up 5-0! Touch em all Cody!
Eventually Bumgarner would settle down allowing those five runs on five hits and walking four over those six frames. It was his bat that got the Giants on the board in the top of the sixth. Ryu was breezing but Gerardo Parra reaches on a blooper into left. Bumgarner got the Giants back into the game himself by hitting a two-run home run to left field. Now it’s 5-2 Dodgers. After consecutive singles from Duggar and Brandon Belt, Rick Honeycutt would give Ryu a mound visit to try and calm him down. Ryu would recover and get out of the inning by striking out Evan Longoria on a foul tip and getting Posey on a force out. Ryu would get a huge double play in the seventh inning to keep the Giants from scoring in that inning.
The Dodgers got a huge insurance run off of San Francisco reliever Nick Vincent in the bottom of the seventh. Martin leads-off with a double down the left field line. Alex Verdugo’s line drive single to center moves Martin to third. Duggar was slow to play the ball in center allowing Verdugo to extend his single into a double. Impressive! One out later Duggar goes all out to catch a sinking liner from Justin Turner. However Martin scampers home to score and the Dodgers take a 6-2 lead on the sacrifice fly.
Caleb Ferguson pitched a solid eighth inning striking out newly minted Giant Kevin Pillar and Belt. So we move to the top of the ninth with the Dodgers leading 6-2. You would think a four-run lead in the top of the ninth would be plenty for the Dodgers. Of course it wouldn’t. The Dodgers just had to get cute and bring in Yimi Garcia to start the frame. Garcia who is just cooked proceeds to give up a double to Longoria, and then walk Posey. The Dodgers had seen enough and in comes Kenley Jansen, but with two on and nobody out. I have no idea why the Dodgers would fool around there and give the Giants a free look at the game. It almost cost them.
Things got worse. Brandon Crawford’s little grounder to first turned into a disaster. Max Muncy bobbled the ball ruining a potential double play. He tosses to Kenley covering first but the ball bounces off his glove, ruining even recording an out. The bases are now loaded with none out. Perfect.
Then of course Kenley walks Solarte to force in a run. The score is cut to 6-3 Dodgers. Kenley bears down to strike out Joe Panik for the first out. But then Parra singles up the middle to score two and the Dodgers lead is now down to a measly run with first and third and one out. Danger Will Robinson! Danger! Kenley got out of it. Fatman Pablo Sandoval grounds into a game ending double play. The Dodgers hang on to win it 6-5! A win is a win no matter how ugly it looks. Derek Holland takes on Ross Stripling in the rubber game on Wednesday night. The Dodgers bullpen still sucks. Goodnight!