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Well this was a higher scoring game than I originally thought. My thought that this game would end 1-0 last night. I was unsure who was going to get the one run but I was absolutely sure that is how the game was going to end. I was wrong.
Clayton Kershaw and Tim Hudson pitched toe to toe today with Hudson being the victor. Hudson should have been the winning pitcher but, the bullpen didn’t last to give him the victory. Kershaw was on the ropes in the first inning. Angel Pagan led off the game with a base hit that followed by a would be double down the third base line by Hunter Pence but, there was a problem. Pagan fell and could not make it to third so there were runners on 1st and 2nd for Buster Posey. Posey the SAMF that he is, hit into a double play. Kershaw looked to get out of the inning. However, the Giants cleanup hitter who was hitting a 1.67 at the time, hit a two out double to score Pagan. Giants 1, Dodgers 0. This would be the score through the next 5 innings.
May 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks (14) high-fives teammate San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
The defense shined in those five innings. In the fifth inning, Andre Ethier hit a lead off double. Justin Turner grounded out to move Ethier to third. Drew Butera hit into a fielders choice; Brandon Hicks threw the ball to Buster Posey that swipe tagged Ethier at the plate. Hudson was able to get Dee Gordan to ground out to end the inning.
Yasiel Puig did his normal bat flip in the bottom of the sixth when he hit a leadoff home run. This rattled Hudson as Hanley Ramirez followed with a double and Adrian Gonzalez hit a single to get Ramirez home and the Dodgers took the lead. Later in the inning with runners at 1st and 2nd, Justin Turner hit a single to Angel Pagan. Adrian Gonzalez tried to score but, Pagan threw him out at the plate and the inning ended with the Dodgers up 2-1.
The top of the 7th started off with Pablo Sandoval hitting a single off of Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Hicks followed with a home run to give the Giants the lead.
The Giants weren’t done there, in the Bottom of the 8th, Angel Pagan got a one out walk, that after Hunter Pence moved him to scoring position, Buster Posey hit a two out single to score Pagan.
In comes Sergio Romo to go for his 13th save but Hanley Ramirez had other plans. With Dee Gordan on base Ramirez hit a home run to tie the game. He was able to get out of the inning with a walk off.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright came in but, he was wild. The top of the order was up for the Giants. Angel Pagan led off with a walk. Hunter Pence blooped a single to left fielder. After a wild pitch advanced both runners, Wright walked Buster Posey to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval hit a bloop single to center field that scored Pagan but, kept the bases loaded. Hicks followed by striking out but, Hector Sanchez picked him up with a bloop single to left field that scored Pence but, kept the bases loaded. With Michael Morse batting, Wright through a wild pitch to score Posey.
Jean Machi came in to record his first save of the year. It wasn’t pretty but, he got the job done.
The Giants took 3 of 4 from the Dodgers and 7 of 10 on the road trip. This was better than I expected and am happy they’ll be home for the next 7 games. Next up for the Giants is a four game series with the Braves that starts on Tuesday.
1st Star of the Game: Buster Posey
2nd Star of the Game: Tim Hudson
3rd Star of the Game: Brandon Hicks