After it was all said and done, the Los Angeles Dodgers emerged victorious against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, clinching the division title and eliminating the Giants from postseason contention.
Heading into the sixth inning, the Dodgers led 2-0, looking to give Clayton Kershaw additional run support. Madison Bumgarner fought a high pitch count through much of the night and was chased in the sixth after recording two outs.
Bumgarner got so far as two strikes on Justin Ruggiano before hanging a slow curveball that Ruggiano deposited halfway up the stands in left field:
The home run was Ruggiano’s fifth as a Dodger and has spoken to the contributions he has made in his short time with the club. In 19 games played he’s batting .308/.357/.654 with 12 RBIs. Ruggiano’s home run was quickly followed by a solo shot from A.J. Ellis on Bumgarner’s next pitch:
The Dodgers added four more runs in the eighth, and Kershaw took care of the rest by striking out 13 and holding the Giants to one hit in a complete-game shutout.