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Kershaw Shuts Down Giants 6-1

By Melissa Felkins

A late rally in the bottom of the 9th and a Pat the Bat homerun couldn’t overcome the Dodgers tonight. The Giants drop the first of a three game series in San Francisco to the Dodgers tonight 6-1. Bad calls and an inconsistent strike zone from the umps didn’t help, but the Giants simply couldn’t convert their 7 hits into any runs. Kershaw pitched 6.2, struck out 7.

Aside from offense, the black and orange defense wasn’t any better. Bumgarner went 5 innings pitched, giving up 5 earned runs on 8 hits. Four of those runs came in the 5th, which seemed to never end. Suffice to say, he’s not off to a great start this season. The bullpen pitched well , but it wasn’t enough to overcome the cold bats and bad defense early in the game. Burrell had an error and the Giants didn’t get enough glove on a few costly hits tonight. Sandoval did make two excellent tags at third base tonight, but the blind umps only caught one of them. As a side note, Furcal did break his thumb on the the slide into third. The umps missed the call, but in the long run, maybe it’ll work to the Giants advantage.

The night started off on a positive note though when Juan Uribe was presented with this World Series ring on the field before the game. Both Giants and Dodgers came together on the field to honor Bryan Stow and Affeldt and Carroll urged fans to leave the rivalry on the field and respect the game.

Unfortunately, the Giants decided simply to leave their bats in the dugout. Lincecum is on the mound tomorrow against Billingsley.