Kyle Farmer hit a go-ahead RBI double in the tenth inning, leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. The Dodgers snapped their four-game losing streak as Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and striking out six batters.
Kyle Farmer’s pinch-hit go-ahead RBI double was exactly what the Dodgers needed to beat the Giants before flying back to Los Angeles. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the tenth inning, Pierce Johnson threw Farmer a fastball on the outer edge of the plate. Instead of trying to pull the ball over the left field fence, Farmer used an inside-out approach to hit the ball to the base of the wall in right field. Cody Bellinger crossed home plate and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead.
It was Farmer’s second time to hit an extra-inning RBI double against the Giants. His first one came in his Major League debut. This one came at a time when the Dodgers desperately needed a win.
“In his short time here, he’s come up with big hits for us,” Dave Roberts said of Farmer. “I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but the kid likes to be in that spot, doesn’t scare off. Big for his confidence and our whole ballclub.”
After the Dodgers used every member of their bullpen on Saturday night, they desperately needed a long start from their ace, Clayton Kershaw. The southpaw did not disappoint, pitched seven-plus innings and surrendering only one run on six hits with six strikeouts. Kershaw was aided by his defense, who made five spectacular plays to assist their ace.
The Dodgers, who scored two runs in the game, provided only one run of support while Kershaw was pitching. In the fourth inning, Matt Kemp hit an RBI single into right-center field to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The pitch was on the outer half of the plate and Kemp drove it the other way for the hit. It was Kemp’s second single in a game where he went 2-3 with an RBI.
After struggling in his first two appearances this year, Kenley Jansen was able to lack down the save by striking out Brandon Belt in the bottom of the tenth inning. Jansen struck out three of the four batters he faced, surrendering a two-out single to Hunter Pence before locking down the save.
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Chris Taylor has been struggling at the plate so far this year, but his glove is hot. In the third inning, Kelby Tomlinson hit a line drive to right-center field, that, if it had got past Taylor, would have been a double or possibly a triple. Taylor, however, dove and made a terrific catch that Statcast awarded four stars.
Yasiel Puig, along with terrible baserunning by Gorkys Hernández, helped to get Kershaw out of a little bit of trouble in the sixth inning. The Giants had runners on first and second with one out when Joe Panik hit a line drive to right field. After hesitating a little, Puig made the catch then alertly fired the ball back to the infield where the Dodgers stepped on second base to double up Hernández.
Joc Pederson made a very tough play in left field in the seventh inning to rob Andrew McCutchen of a base hit. McCutchen hit a solid line drive to left, but Pederson ran forward and dove for the ball. He managed to make the catch and hold onto the ball when he hit the ground. Once again, Kershaw appreciated the help from his team.
The Dodgers have a scheduled off-day on Monday before opening a two-game series against the Oakland A’s. Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to get the start for the Dodgers, pushing back Alex Wood‘s start because of food poisoning. Cody Bellinger will be back in the lineup after sitting out most of Sunday’s game due to food poisoning. The game will start at 7:10 pm PT and can be watched on TV on SportsNet LA. The game will also be broadcasted on AM 570 LA Sports.