Dodgers Hit A Road Blach

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Ty Blach held the Dodgers to one earned run over seven strong innings as the Giants beat the Dodgers 2-1. Brandon Crawford hit a key go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning and the Giants’ bullpen shut down the Dodgers for two innings, preserving the win for Blach.

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The Dodgers wasted far too many opportunities on Tuesday night against Blach. If they had cashed in on even just one of those, the game would have been different. In the first inning, Chris Taylor led off with a walk, then Franklin Gutierrez promptly grounded into a double play.

The next jam that the Dodgers got Blach into and let him out of came in the fourth inning. The Dodgers had runners on second and third with one out and Austin Barnes at the plate. The Giants had their infield drawn in and Barnes hit a bouncing ball to second. Even though it was a slow bouncer, Christian Arroyo decided to throw home. It was a good throw and Justin Turner didn’t have a chance to score. The play preserved a 0-0 tie and changed the momentum of the inning.

The third and final jam that the Dodgers let Blach get out of came in the sixth inning. Chris Taylor led off the inning with a home run, tying the game at 1-1. Gutierrez then singled before Turner struck out. Kiké Hernández then singled, sending Gutierrez to the plate with Barnes coming to the plate. After a visit to the mound by Giants’ pitching coach Dave Righetti, Blach got Barnes to pop out in foul territory then got Puig to fly out to right field for the third out.

It didn’t take long to see that the game on Tuesday night was going to be a pitchers’ duel. The Dodgers were unable to score off of Blach, who held the Dodgers to one run over seven innings, and the only time the Giants scored against Rich Hill was on a home run in the fourth inning.

Brandon Belt, who has a career .500 batting average against Hill, was the Giants batter who hit the home run. He got a curveball from Hill and hit it a mile high. The ball just barely made it into the seats past right field, in fact, if the ball had been two feet closer to the foul line in right field, Puig would have had room to make the catch. The ball landed in the seats and then bounced back onto the field, causing the Dodgers to think that a fan had interfered. Dave Roberts decided to challenge the play, but the umpires in New York quickly ruled that it was a home run and the Giants had a 1-0 lead.

Chris Taylor tied the game in the sixth inning when Blach threw him a fastball over the plate. Taylor got the bat on the ball and drove it to center field. Somehow, the ball kept carrying and went over the glove of a leaping Eduardo Nuñez for a home run. Taylor had tied the game against Blach and the Giants. Sadly, it proved to be the only run that the Dodgers would be able to manufacture.

A series of unfortunate events allowed the Giants to score off of Luis Avilan in the sixth inning. Belt led off the inning with an infield single, then Avilan threw a wild pitch right between the legs of Barnes, sending Belt to second. Buster Posey then grounded out to first base, sending Belt to third. Brandon Crawford then came to the plate with a runner on third and one out. The Dodgers brought the infield in, and Crawford hit a soft line drive into right-center field. Belt scored on an RBI single by Crawford and the Giants had a 2-1 lead.

Keys To The Game:

Arroyo’s Arm:

Christian Arroyo robbed Austin Barnes of an RBI fielder’s choice in the first inning. The Dodgers had runners on second and third with one out so the Giants had their infield drawn in. Barnes hit a slow bouncing ball to second that Arroyo picked up and threw home. Justin Turner was running hard, but the throw was on the money and Buster Posey was able to apply the tag. That play became the first of three times the Dodgers let Blach off the hook.

SF Is No Different:

The Dodgers know how to hit at what seems like every stadium except for AT&T Park. AT&T Park has a very large outfield, which means that the Dodgers should take advantage of it and get a lot of hits. It doesn’t work like that though, as the Dodgers got beat 2-1 in San Francisco. The only offense that they got was a home run by Chris Taylor. I just hope that they can do better in the series finale.

No Wind:

The flags were all blowing in different directions at AT&T Park on Tuesday night, but the wind was not blowing in the right direction for Dodger fans. In the fourth inning, the Dodgers needed the wind blowing from left to right when Brandon Belt hit his home run. If the ball had been just a few feet to the right of where it landed, Puig would have had room to get under it and make the catch. Due to the shape of the outfield, Puig ran out of room to catch the ball where it landed but would have had enough room to make the catch just a few feet to the right of where it landed.

Up Next:

Clayton Kershaw looks to snap a three-game skid by the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon as well as become a 20-game winner against San Francisco. The Giants will send Johnny Cueto to the mound against Kershaw. Cueto has an ERA of 4.15 this year, but he has a record of 3-0 at AT&T Park. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger will be back in the starting lineup after getting a day off on Tuesday. The game will start at 12:45 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.

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