If Friday’s game is any indication of what’s to come for the Los Angeles Dodgers when facing the San Francisco Giants, the season will have a frustrating end to it.
The Giants pushed around Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers, scoring four runs in the first inning en route to a 9-0 win. The Dodgers had an opportunity to get back into the game as they loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but Madison Bumgarner escaped the trouble.
Along with the loss, Ryu was removed after just one inning due to irritation in his left shoulder. After being held to just three hits and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, manager Don Mattingly said very matter-of-factly the team would move on, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
It’s professional baseball. We’re not going to sit here and cry about this one. Guys are going to turn the page. There’s nothing you can do about this game. Tomorrow’s another day.”
Some of Mattingly’s confidence in the Dodgers moving on is Zack Greinke will take the mound Saturday and Clayton Kershaw is slated to start in the series finale Sunday.
In his career, Greinke is 3-0 against the Giants in five starts, with all three wins coming this season. Kershaw holds a 12-5 career record against the Dodgers’ rival, including a 7-2 mark at AT&T Park.
The Dodgers enter Saturday with a one-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings. For as much frustration as Friday’s loss may have come with, the Dodgers are still capable of leaving San Francisco with a three-game lead in the division with what would be 13 games remaining.
While that would be positive outcome, three games is far from an insurmountable lead, particularly when considering the Dodgers and Giants will meet for another three-game series beginning Sept. 22.
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