It was billed as a matchup of aces and the Giants got the better of Clayton Kershaw on this night. Madison Bumgarner pitched 6 innings for the Giants and picked up his second victory since the All Star break. The run support wasn’t much, but it was enough for Bumgarner and the Giants defeated the Dodgers by a score of 4-2.
The early part of this game had both pitchers showing why they are considered two of the best in baseball. Neither team could get anything going on offense. The Giants worked the count well against Kershaw and forced him to throw a lot of pitches early.
The lines for both pitchers may look similar, but there is no doubt that Bumgarner pitched a better game.
The Dodgers got on the board first in the bottom of the 6th inning. With one out Michael Young hit a hard ground ball that bounced up and hit Joaquin Arias in the chest and he was unable to throw Young out at first. Two pitches later Juan Uribe haunted his old team and depositied a 92 mph fastball from Bumgarner in the left field seats for a 2-0 Dodgers lead.
Giants fans were not happy. First Wilson, now Uribe.
Wilson, now Uribe. Just FML.
— Jason (@BayAreaFan2) September 14, 2013
That catch ended the 6th inning, and any thoughts of a big inning by the Dodgers.
In the top of the 7th inning the Giants got to Kershaw.
Hunter Pence led off with a single. Pablo Sandoval followed that with a single of his own to left field. On a 1-2 curve ball from Kershaw, Joaquin Arias hit one to the gap in left center and Pence came around to score. He moved to 2nd on an error by the left fielder.
Making his first start at 1B in a quite a while, Bret Pill got to play the hero. He fought a tough slider than was in on his hands off, and pushed it out to right field for a single. Sandoval and Pence came in to score and the Giants led 3-2.
That was 4 straight singles by the Giants to start the 7th inning. Kershaw had retired the previous 11 hitters. What in the world? Who are these guys?
With 2 out in the top of the 8th Hunter Pence extended the lead to 4-2 with his team leading 22nd home run this season.
It was then that we got this fun nugget from Baggs.
Pence’s 2nd oppo HR in as many nights. Earlier today, Pence challenged Belt to hit 20 HRs. Belt challenged Pence to hit 30. “OK,” Pence said
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) September 14, 2013
The Giants managed to do all the right things on this night. Young Yasiel Puig was kept quiet as Bumgarner and the Giants pitchers continue to pound the inside corner against him. Ever since that home run off Bumgarner back in June, the Giants have been able to handle the young Cuban. The rest of the league should watch video of his at bats against the Giants if they want to learn how to pitch to him.
Sergio Romo got the 4 out save for his 34th this season. That’s 10 saves in a row for Romo.
The Giants may not make the playoffs, but they sure play their hearts out against LA. One more win over the Dodgers and we won’t have see a stupid celebration.
Tomorrow it’s Timmy’s turn as he gets the start against Ricky Nolasco of the Dodgers. First pitch will be 6:10pt.
Enjoy tonight’s win everyone, it’s always sweet to beat that team in blue.