Yasiel Puig went 3-5 with four RBI’s and Cody Bellinger hit a three-run double as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Giants 13-5. The Dodgers trailed 4-0 in the second inning, but by the end of the inning had a 6-4 lead.
Alex Wood pitched five innings in which he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He struggled in the second inning against the Giants. Christian Arroyo led off the inning with a single, then Eduardo Nunez singled. Next, Wood struck out Joe Panik before walking the number eight hitter Nick Hundley. The next batter, Matt Moore hit a single into center field and the throw from Kiké Hernández was offline with nobody ready to back up Austin Barnes. That allowed one more run to score and the Giants had a 2-0 lead.
Wood recorded one more out before Brandon Belt hit a double to right field, allowing two runs to score. The Giants led 4-0 and Dodgers fans were groaning as we watched. Mercifully, the Wood got the Dodgers out of the inning without any further damage.
Matt Moore also struggled on the mound, he pitched only 3 /13 innings and was charged with nine earned runs. He walked five batters and gave up six hits. Franklin Gutierrez, who had just been activated from the DL, led off the bottom of the second inning. With an 0-2 count, Moore threw a fastball and Gutierrez hammered it over the wall in center field and right into the batter’s eye.
Chris Taylor came to the plate with the bases empty and no outs and worked a four pitch walk. Next, Puig singled, then Barnes walked to load the bases. After a visit to the mound, Bellinger stepped up to the plate and with two strikes, got a fastball away. He hit it to the left field corner and all the runners scored. Bellinger slid into third with his first triple of his career. Alex Wood then singled, allowing Bellinger to score and the Dodgers had a 5-4 lead. After Moore got an out, Corey Seager doubled, sending Wood to third. Justin Turner then hit a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers had a 6-4 lead.
The Giants scored another run on an RBI single by Joe Panik in the third inning, but after that, Wood settled down and retired the next seven batters he faced.
The Dodgers exploded for more runs in the fourth inning (three were charged to Moore). Bellinger led off with a single, then after Wood struck out, Kiké Hernánez walked. Seager then walked to load the bases, forcing Bruce Bochy to go to his bullpen. Cory Gearrin entered the game for the Giants and on the first pitch, hit Justin Turner with a pitch. That brought in a run and the Dodgers led 7-5.
The next batter, Franklin Gutierrez, lined into a force play, driving in a run. He hit a line drive to Posey, who was playing first base, and Posey was just able to knock it down. He threw to second to get the force out and if Nuñez had looked to his left, they would have been able to get Seager out as well. That proved to be costly because the next batter, Chris Taylor, walked loading the bases. Puig then singled to right field driving in two runs and the Dodgers had a 10-5 lead.
The Dodgers tacked on three more runs in the sixth off of the Giants’ bullpen. Turner led off with a single, then Andrew Toles doubled sending Turner to third. Puig then came up to the plate and hit the ball to center field driving in two runs and the Dodgers had a 12-5 lead. Barnes then walked, and Adrián González entered the game as a pinch-hitter. He singled to right field, allowing Puig to score, and Barnes rounded second and headed to third. Hunter Pence threw the ball to third, and Barnes over slid the base, and was tagged, ending the inning.
Keys To The Game:
A Pitcher Turned Spectator:
In the second inning, Matt Moore hit a single to center field with the bases loaded. Instead of running to back up Barnes, Wood just stood in the middle of the diamond watching. The throw from Hernández was wide and because there was nobody backing up Barnes, the throw got away and another run scored. If Wood had been doing his job, only one run would have scored and Hernández would not have been given an error.
A Big Response:
The Dodgers responded to Wood’s tough second inning by scoring six runs in the bottom of the frame. Gutierrez led off with a home run, then Taylor came to the plate with a lead off approach. When Taylor came up to the plate, the bases were empty with no outs, just like when the inning begins. He worked a walk, then the Dodgers loaded the bases for Bellinger. With two strikes, Bellinger hit a ball the other way to left field for a triple. Even Wood helped himself with an RBI single.
Jeff Samardzija will pitch for the Giants and Julio Urias will pitch for the Dodgers in the rubber match of the three-game series. Samardzija has an 0-2 record against the Dodgers at Chavez Ravin with a 5.40 ERA over three career appearances at Dodger Stadium. In his last start, Urias pitched 5 2/3 innings and walked four batters. He threw 38.3% of pitches in the strike zone, his lowest percentage of strikes since his Major League Debut. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA, KTLA, and MLB Network.