There have been a large amount of historic pitching matchups in the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants rivalry and Friday night was no different.

Both starting pitchers, Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and Johnny Cueto for the Giants, pitched into the eighth inning. In time, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner lifted a high fly ball to deep left field to propel the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory.

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Kershaw dominated, per usual, recording 13 strikeouts in eight innings pitched. He now has 122 strikeouts and only six walks on the season.

This is the eighth time that Kershaw has reached the double-digit strikeout mark.

Here’s a stat: the southpaw’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is a ridiculous 122:6.

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After giving up two runs in the top of the first inning, Cueto silenced the Dodgers bats by not allowing a hit for the next seven frames, striking out eight batters in the process. With the game tied at two heading into the 9th inning, Cueto was lifted for closer Santiago Casilla and Turner, the first batter he would face, made the veteran right-hander pay by drilling an 89 mph slider into the AT&T Park bleachers.

To counter, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt hit a two-out double off of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen while outfielder Gregor Blanco drew a walk, but Jansen came back to strike out shortstop Brandon Crawford to record his 17th save on the season and preserve the Dodgers win. Kershaw picked up his league-leading ninth victory, while Casilla took the loss as his record dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Game two of this three game series will take place on Saturday at 4:15PM PT with probable pitchers Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael Norris

    Well, they came this () close to blowing that one. Offense was pitiful again. I did notice that Adrian Gonzalez was coughing a lot, so he might be ill. The Dodger bats are definitely ill. Grandal’s is in a COMA>. Of the 5 hits they got, only 2 were hit hard, Thompson’s 1st inning single and Turner’s homer. Pederson had a seeing eye single, Gonzo a broken bat shot, and Seager a 70 ft dribbler. They had better do better than that the rest of the weekend or they are in trouble.

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  2. Tmaxster

    Yes Michael I agree they almost blew it. The offense the last couple of weeks has been embarrassing from professional baseball players. For awhile we were seeing professional at bats. Not any more Puig and Grandal have reverted. I think something is wrong with Gonzo. Good news is Turner is beginning to heat up. 

    Thompson still playing well nice professional hit from him today. Pederson has regressed badly. I throw the Bull Sh^& Flag when Management makes Kersh pitch to Grandal. Grandal is not hitting and does not call near the same game as Ellis. If I were Kershaw I would tell them to give him Ellis or go $$% themselves. Grandal cannot block Kersh’s slider in the dirt to a right hand batter. Grandal does not easily block balls to his left. Not sure why but watch him…
    Hoping for latest Kazmir as he has been very good lately. If he can spot his fastball and throw it at around 94 when needed he is tough to hit.

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