Dodgers 10 13 0
Giants 2 8 2
WP- Ryu (7-3)
LP- Cain (5-5)
HR- Uribe (5)
It was another glorious night of Dodgers baseball. The Boys in Blue dominated the Giants again as they won their fourth in a row against the much hated pumpkin colored foes. Matt Cain pitched one of the worst games I have ever seen him pitch, and Juan Uribe had a career game coming up shy of the cycle by a mere single. Uribe, a former San Francisco Giant, must have felt right at home as he collected a double, triple, and a two-run homerun along with a career-high 7 RBIs. Empanadas rained down from the sky at AT&T as our lovable third baseman impressed with the bat as well as the glove Friday night. Hyun-jin Ryu also settled down nicely after pitching out of a jam in the first inning. He picked up his first career win against the Giants.
Hanley Ramirez picked up another two hits and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Ethier and A.J. also had two hits each. The Dodgers dismantled Matt Cain in the third inning when they trounced the ace for six runs.
The night was full of cheering moments, but there was one big concerning and scary moment when Matt Kemp grimaced with pain and clutched his left shoulder on a swing in the second inning. Kemp would later come out of the game due to shoulder AC joint irritation. He is listed day to day. We hope that this is not something that will keep him down for long since he had just began to look like the old Matt Kemp in recent games.
Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig both ground out on hard hit balls right to Pablo Sandoval for the first two outs against Matt Cain in the top of the first. Adrian Gonzalez shatters his bat as he grounds out to first, and the Dodgers are retired in order.
Hyun-jin Ryu takes the mound in the bottom of the first, and Andres Torres manages an infield single to lead-off. Ryu takes too long to pick up a little comebacker, and his throw sails way too high to Gonzo and not in time. Ryu walks Marco Scutaro, and this is not a good start against the orange jersey wearing foes. Pablo Sandoval is amusingly trying to bunt as he rolls the first attempt foul. The Panda ends up popping out to Mark Ellis for the first out. Ryu proceeds to walk Buster Posey to load the bases for San Francisco. Torres scores on a force out grounded into by Hunter Pence, and the Giants take a 1-0 lead. Once again the Dodgers are unable to turn the double play. Ryu strikes out Brandon Belt to end the inning.
Hanley Ramirez draws a lead-off walk in the top of the second. Andre Ethier, who has always hit Cain
well in the past, doubles down the first base line! Matt Kemp takes a swing and winces with pain and grabs at his shoulder as he drops his bat. Sue Falsone and Don Mattingly go out to talk to him, and Kemp takes a couple swings. He remains in the game, but that did not look good. Cain walks Kemp to load up the bases with nobody out. A.J. Ellis flies out to Pence in foul territory down the right field line, and Hanley has to hold at third. Juan Uribe, playing in familiar territory, proceeds to double to left field allowing two runs to score! The Dodgers take a 2-1 lead. Ryu strikes out after going 3-2 and taking some nice cuts against Cain. Mark Ellis flies out to right, but the Dodgers put two on the board and take the lead.
Brandon Crawford draws a one-out walk in the home half of the second. Juan Uribe makes a nice play as Matt Cain grounds into an inning ending double play! Uribe has brought his glove and bat tonight.
Yasiel Puig opens the third inning with a double to left field. Cain continues to struggle, and he gives up his third walk in as many innings to Gonzalez. Hanley Ramirez singles, and he extends his hitting streak to 16 games. Yasiel Puig easily scores, and the Dodgers are up 3-1. Ethier flies out to shallow left center. Carl Crawford will bat for Matt Kemp who has been taken out of the game after grimacing with pain on an awkward swing in the prior inning. Crawford draws a walk, and the bases are loaded again with one out. A.J. Ellis singles to center, and the Dodgers plate their fourth run as Gonzo scores. Then Uribe proceeds to hit a ball past a diving Cole Gillespie in left field, and the ball rolls all the way to the wall for a TRIPLE! The bases are cleared as THREE RUNS SCORE! The Dodgers take a commanding 7-1 lead, and Matt Cain has been chased out of the game! George Kontos replaces the battered Matt Cain. Hyun-jin Ryu continues the rally as he singles and brings in Uribe for the sixth run of the inning. Mark Ellis flies out. Puig grounds out, but the Dodgers score BIG as they plate 6 runs.
Matt Cain only made it through 2 1/3 innings while allowing 8 runs on 6 hits with 1 strikeout and 4 walks on 75 pitches.
In the bottom of the third Ryu once again has to battle out of a jam. Ryu strikes out Torres, and Scutaro singles. Then Sandoval doubles off the bricks of the right field wall, and Puig over runs the ball as it bounces back toward the infield. It won’t be an error, but it was a mistake by the outfielder. Posey pops out, and Pence strikes out as the Giants strand their runners at second and third.
Hanley Ramirez collects another single in the fourth, but the Dodgers don’t do much else against Kontos in the inning.
The Giants roll over in the fourth as Ryu sets them down 1-2-3.
A.J. Ellis draws a walk to lead-off the top of the fifth. Ryu successfully sacrifices A.J. to second. Mark Ellis strikes out swinging to end the frame.
Ryu pitches a nice 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth, and he has now retired eight in a row.
Mike Kickham will come into pitch the sixth for the Giants, and he promptly allows a walk to Puig. Gonzo strikes out swinging. Ramirez lines out to center. Ethier singles to short as he beats out the throw, but Crawford is barely thrown out as Kickham shovels to Belt on a groundout which ends the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ryu retires Sandoval, Posey, and Pence consecutively.
A.J. Ellis singles to lead-off the top of the seventh. That’s A.J.’s second hit. Then up come Uribe and BOOM! He crushes a two-run homerun to left center field! Wow! Juan now has 3 hits and 7 RBIs on the night. The Dodgers now take a 10-1 lead. Ryu whiffs. Mark Ellis reaches on a fielding error by Brandon Belt, and he advances to second on another error by Tony Abreu who is playing second on a bad throw. So the Giants make two bumbling errors on the play. Ellis takes third on a wild pitch by Kickham with Puig at-bat. The Giants have completely come unraveled. Puig strikes out, and the fans cheer. That’s the only thing they can cheer about. Gonzalez grounds out to short, but the Dodgers pick up another two runs thanks to Uribe.
Brandon Belts doubles off the left field wall to lead-off the bottom of the seventh. After failing to
make the catch on the Belt ball, Crawford redeems himself by making a fine diving rolling catch on a ball hit by Gillespie. Crawford pops out, and that’s going to be all for Ryu. Don Mattingly will bring in flame thrower Jose Dominguez out of the pen. Tony Abreu promptly singles, and Belt scores. Gregor Blanco strikes out swinging to end the frame.
Hyun-jin Ryu pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks on 107 pitches.
Nick Punto comes off the bench, and he leads off the eighth with a single. Ethier grounds out while Punto takes second on the play. Crawford and A.J. both strike out to end the inning.
Guillermo Quiroz leads off the bottom of the eighth with a single to right. Sandoval lines out right to Mark Ellis. Hector Sanchez singles. Pence flies out to deep center, but Ethier makes a nice catch. Crawford also makes a good catch to retire Belt and end the inning.
Jake Dunning will pitch to Juan Uribe to begin the ninth. He only needs a single to hit for the cycle. Uribe sadly strikes out. It’s okay, Juan. Mark Ellis singles. The Dodgers have now had 13 or more base hits in the last five games. Puig grounds into a force to end the inning.
As the seagulls begin to swirl and swarm at AT&T we head to the bottom of the ninth inning. Brandon League is in, and we all wonder can he blow a eight run lead? Why sure he can. Crawford singles with one out, but the Giants are so bad right now that they can’t even hit League. Blanco strikes out swinging to end the game on a perfect note.
The Dodgers improve to 41-44, but they remain 3 1/2 back since the D-backs won earlier in the night.