Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched his best game of the year, he went six innings in which he allowed one run on five hits. The Dodgers’ bats, however, did not do well at all. Matt Cain pitched six scoreless innings, and the Giants’ bullpen held the Dodgers to only one run as the Giants beat the Dodgers 2-1 in San Francisco.
The Giants, who had lost four straight games, sent Matt Cain to the mound. He pitched well, fooling hitters and keeping the ball away from the middle of the plate. Cain was forced to leave the game before the seventh inning began due to hamstring tightness. Cain had two stints with the DL last year due to hamstring issues, and was in no mood for another one.
Joe Panik was involved with both of the Giants’ runs on Monday. He drove in a run in the second inning with a sacrifice fly that Enrique Hernández caught and just threw casually back into the infield. This allowed Brandon Crawford to tag up and score easily and the Giants had a 1-0 lead.
Panik scored the Giants’ second run in the seventh inning, scoring on an RBI single by Hunter Pence. Josh Fields entered the game and inherited two runners from Adam Liberatore. He recorded one out before Pence stepped up to the plate. In an 0-2 count, Fields threw a fastball over the middle of the plate and Pence hit it to center field. This time, Hernández tried to get Panik out, but his throw was not in time and the Giants took a 2-0 lead.
Mark Melancon entered the game in the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead. Corey Seager led off with a groundout, then Justin Turner singled and the Dodgers had the tying run on base. The next batter, Yasmani Grandal, struck out looking and the Dodgers were down to their final out. With Adrián González batting, Melancon threw a pitch that got away from Buster Posey and allowed Turner to advance to second. Later González’s at bat, Melancon threw a cutter that González swung at and missed. Turner was straying off the base and Posey threw to second and picked off Turner for the final out of the game.
Keys To The Game:
Puig’s Strong Arm:
Yasiel Puig showed off his sarm in the bottom of the first inning, robbing Buster Posey of an RBI. Posey hit a single to right field that looked like an easy RBI with Brandon Belt on second. Puig, however, rushed to the ball and threw it perfectly to Yasmani Grandal. Grandal tagged Belt and ended the inning.
The Dodgers did not help Ryu or themselves during the series opener against the Giants on Monday. They collected only four hits and went 1-3 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers had a chance to tie the game in the ninth, but Justin Turner strayed too far off the base. You cannot be lazy on the base paths with Buster Posey catching. He will throw to the bases!
Clayton Kershaw will try to pick up the Dodgers after a rough week. He will face off against Ty Blach, a left-handed pitcher in his second year in the Major Leagues. The last time these to plays faced was in October at AT&T Park. Blach has not pitched past the first inning yet this year. The game will start at 7:15 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA.