After a marathon game on Tuesday that carried over into the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants returned to the field for the second game of their three-game series.
The Dodgers’ offensive struggles continued as they wasted a Dee Gordon bunt single in the first that rolled along the grass and settled inside fair territory. Paul Maholm avoided a letdown following a Matt Kemp error that allowed Hunter Pence to reach second base with one out. Kemp and Carl Crawford converged on a fly ball in the left-center field gap and after making a late catch, Kemp dropped the ball as he went to transfer it to his right hand.
Kemp’s rough night extended into the second inning when he was picked off by Ryan Vogelsong after a walk. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly protested the call, but the original ruling was upheld. Following a Joaquin Arias single to right, the Giants had runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the second but Maholm got Vogelsong to groundout to third, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
The Giants scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Buster Posey that drove in Hunter Pence, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Maholm limited the Giants to the one run by getting Michael Morse to hit into an inning-ending double play. Vogelsong continued to breeze through the Dodgers’ lineup in the fourth and fifth innings, and Maholm kept pace with the Giants’ right-hander.
Through five innings, Maholm had allowed one run on four hits to go with two strikeouts. Vogelsong was equally impressive, limiting the Dodgers to two hits and no runs. After Vogelsong retired the first two hitters in the sixth, he issued a walk to Maholm that wound up being costly. Gordon then hit a triple that scored Maholm and tie the game. Perhaps a bit winded from running the bases, Maholm walked Posey to leadoff the bottom of the sixth, but erased any potential threat by getting a double play. Brandon Belt hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but Maholm got out of the inning on a Brandon Hicks fly out to deep center.
The seventh inning began with Hanley Ramirez being hit by a pitch on his left hand, which resulted in the shortstop being escorted out of the game by Dodgers trainer Stan Conte. Justin Turner pinch-ran for Ramirez and the Dodgers loaded the bases on a pair of singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier. As was the case on Tuesday, the Dodgers failed to cash in on runners in scoring position as Juan Uribe hit weakly back to the box for a one-four-three double play.
Turner remained in the game at shortstop, and J.P. Howell and Yasiel Puig entered as part of a double switch in the bottom of the seventh. Howell issued a leadoff walk to Arias, who then scored on a two-out single by Pablo Sandoval. Chris Perez relieved Howell following the single and got Posey to fly out to end the inning with the Dodgers trailing, 2-1.
Gordon singled in the eighth with two outs and moved to second on a throwing error by Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla. Giants manager Bruce Bochy relieved Casilla with Javier Lopez, who got Crawford for the third out. Brandon League pitched a scoreless eight to keep the Dodgers within 2-1, benefitting from a double play after allowing a leadoff single. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for the Giants and retired the side in order to hand the Dodgers the 2-1 loss.
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