In the second game of their series against the Giants, the Dodgers brought Scott Kazmir to the party, and the Giants brought their $130 million dollar man, Johnny Cueto. It was a rematch for both pitchers, who dueled last week up in the bay. Neither pitcher did very well in that game, with Kazmir giving up three home runs. Let’s see how this one turned out.
At this point, a 1,2,3 inning made it nine retired in a row for Cueto and the Giants.
4th inning Giants 1-0
Lead off walk to Hunter Pence.
Brandon Belt – free pass to first as well.
Two on and nobody out.
Matt Duffy hit into a force play moving Pence over to third.
Next up was Brandon Crawford who promptly hit it over Enrique Hernandez‘s head for a ground rule double.
Pence scored, but Duffy had to stop at third.
Up came Cueto. K for the second out.
The Dodgers walked Angel Pagan to load the bases.
The strategy worked and the Dodgers got out of the inning cheap enough, only giving up one run.
Gone in order, 12 in a row now, and a perfect game taking shape.
At this point Vin Scully brilliantly said, “The no-hitter is still alive.” So let’s see if ol’ Vinny can jinx the Giants.
5th inning Giants 2-0
Joe Panik led off with a base hit to right field. Panik became the fourth first-batter Giant to get on base in five innings. Luckily, the score was only 2-0.
Kazmir then issued a four pitch walk to Buster Posey (his fourth walk of the night).
Hunter Pence stroked a single to load the bases with nobody out.
Up came Brandon Belt. Base hit and the Giants went station to station. Giants up 3-0.
The boo birds began, and Kazmir was done.
Adam Liboratore came in with the bases loaded, nobody out, and orders to put out the fire.
But Posey scored to put the Giants up 4-0.
Perfect game Cueto then whiffed to end the inning. Fire out.
Vinny’s jinx worked! Yasmani Grandal broke up the perfect game with a stand up double.
However, that was all Dodger fans got to cheer for.
7th inning Giants 4-0
Yimi Garcia in to pitch for the Dodgers.
He promptly plunked Hunter Pence right above the left elbow. Pence took a couple of angry steps toward the mound, but quickly changed his mind.
Later Yasmani Grandal chased a high pop up to the backstop netting and made a great, falling backward catch to end the inning.
Justin Turner doubled.
Cueto’s pitches were now missing further off the plate, and flying very close inside at Dodger hitters.
Kike base hit to score Turner! Giants 4-1.
8th inning Giants 4-1
Corey Seager hit a two-run blast to lift the Dodgers to within one run.
Ninth inning: Giants 4-3
The Boys in Blue came up in the ninth down by one, and three outs to get there.
Yasmani smashed a lead off double to center field!
Kike advanced Grandal to third with a ground out.
Joc Pederson popped up into an unproductive out. 2 out.
Yasiel Puig came up to loud cheers from the fans, but he skied an easy fly out to left field. 3 out and the Dodgers lost 4-3.
Scott Kazmir went 4 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 3 K’s. ERA 6.43
Corey Seager hit a home run.
Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner each hit doubles.
The Dodgers and Giants are once again tied for first place. Tomorrow’s game will decide that one.