Clayton Kershaw kept the Giants scoreless for seven innings in which he allowed only three hits and struck out five, leading the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. Tempers flared at AT&T Park when Johnny Cueto nearly hit Yasmani Grandal in the face with a pitch and accused the Dodgers of stealing signs in the third inning.
Clayton Kershaw brought his A-game to San Francisco for the series finale against the Giants. He retired the first ten batters he faced without allowing a baserunner before Justin Ruggiano singled with one out in the fourth. Even though Kershaw didn’t have very many strikeouts, he was still dominant, he used ground outs, and even a double play to get outs and keep his pitch count down.
It didn’t take long to realize that this game was not going to be a pitcher’s duel. Johnny Cueto got into a jam in the first inning, and this time, the Dodgers didn’t let him out of hit unharmed. Yasmani Grandal hit an 0-2 breaking ball that was very low into the corner in right field. Two runs scored and the Dodgers had a 2-0 lead on Yasmani Grandal’s two-run single.
In the third inning, the Dodgers had runners on second and third with two outs and Grandal at the plate. Cueto threw the ball high and inside, nearly hitting Grandal’s face, sending Buster Posey running to the backstop to retrieve the ball. Chase Utley raced home and scored, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
Cueto got Grandal to pop out to center field and as he walked off the field, he was yelling at the Dodgers’ dugout. Joe Davis, the Dodgers play-by-play announcer believes that Cueto was accusing the Dodgers of stealing signs. Whatever the reason, the benches emptied with both sides yelling at each other.
In the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. In a 1-2 count, Cueto threw Puig a fastball over the middle of the plate and Puig got his bat on the ball. He pulled it into left field and two runs scored on Puig’s two-run single. The Dodgers had a 5-0 lead.
In the seventh, Cody Bellinger came to the plate with a man on first and two outs. In an 0-2 count, Josh Osich threw a fastball threw Bellinger a fastball over the plate. Bellinger hit a high fly ball to left field that Michael Morse couldn’t get to. Corey Seager scored and Bellinger arrived at second with two-out RBI double.
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Sprinting Down The Line:
Chase Utley led off the third inning with an infield single, that would have been a groundout for most players. Utley however, was sprinting down the line and Joe Panik had to wait for Michael Morse to return to the base. Because of this Utley was rewarded with an infield single. Corey Seager then singled, and after a bunt, the Dodgers had runners on second and third. This allowed Utley to score on the wild pitch by Johnny Cueto that nearly hit Yasmani Grandal.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start a ten-game homestand as the Miami Marlins come to town. Edinson Volquez will start for the Don Mattingly and the Marlins. Ryu is coming off a terrible loss at Coors Field, in which he allowed ten runs (five earned) over four innings. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.