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The rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants resumed and tensions were high as reigning Cy Young and National League MVP Clayton Kershaw faced off against reigning World Series MVP, Madison Bumgarner.

With a left-hander on the mound, the Dodgers recalled outfielder Chris Heisey to start in place of Joc Pederson. Additionally, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke started in place of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, respectively.

In the top of the first inning, Jimmy Rollins drew a full count, but struck out on a low changeup, which was followed by a Justin Turner pop-out. Yasiel Puig dropped a single into right field, but first base would be as far as he would go as Howie Kendrick struck out.

Nori Aoki led off the bottom of the first with a comebacker that Kershaw managed to knock down and complete the play for the out. Kershaw then got Matt Duffy to ground out and Angel Pagan to fly out for a 1-2-3 inning.

Heisey drew a one-out walk in the second inning, but the Dodgers again wouldn’t do anything with a runner on base as Juan Uribe popped out and A.J. Ellis flied out. Yasiel Puig made a diving catch to rob Buster Posey of a hit in the bottom of the third. He followed it up with a routine catch and Kershaw finished off the inning by striking out Brandon Belt.

Bumgarner struck out Kershaw to open the third inning and also got Rollins swinging. Turner hit a two-out single to right field but was stranded by Puig, who hit a soft liner to first base for the third out.

Joaquin Arias singled to begin the bottom of the third, which was followed by Kershaw walking Brandon Crawford. After Bumgarner sacrificed both runners into scoring position, Aoki hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out and scored a run to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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4 Responses

  1. Blue

    Disappointing ending to a game I had really looked forward to and stayed up until 130 to watch…hope they get back on track tonight. These two losses have had a lot of tough luck and a bad call to make winning tougher. Maybe the ball will bounce our way tonight…and for Petes sake!!!! Start guerrero!!!

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    • Michelle

      I think Mattingly has labeled Guerrero with being a bad defensive player! When Guerrero came to dring training last year, he had not played baseball for a year, and had just came to the U.S. ! While Dee was playing at second base throughout the winter league! This is the reason that Dee looked much better! Mattingly had told Dee to do this! I truly believe that Alex has not been given a fair chance from Mattingly!

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      • Blue

        Well, guerrero and turner are getting a start tonight. Good thing because they’re both hot and they’re resting Rollins and uribe who are not…

        Just hope we can hit the ball tonight!!

  2. Michelle

    Heisey should have never brought up to start in this game! Heisey hits righty pitchers much better than he hits lefties, and had never faced Bumgarner! In fact, Joc hits lefties better than Heisey, and is a true center fielder! If Joc had been in center, the Giants would have not scored on that little fly ball that fell in center, in front of Heisey! Heisey did exactly what his prior stats said about his performance against lefties, o for three at bats! Puig would have been a better player to stick in center, than Heisey! Mattingly could have put Guerrero in left , put Puig in center, and put Scotty in right, if he wanted to get more right handers in the lineup! I don’t understand why Mattingly didn’t know that Heisey had better stats against right handed pitchers, before bringing Heisey up! Also, if anyone needs a rest, it should have been Jroll!

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