In a duel between veteran southpaws, Alex Wood matched up against Madison Bumgarner for the second game of the three game set between the Dodgers and Giants. Wood came into the contest trying to redeem himself from three consecutive poor outings while Bumgarner came in searching for his first victory.
Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Matt Kemp provided the early offense with a second inning home run to left field. This was Kemp’s 12th home run of the year, and second home run in as many games.
Matt Kemp doing what he used to do in LA. pic.twitter.com/pO8zYpSBlf
— 216 SPORTS® (@Real216sports) June 17, 2018
Dodgers 1, Giants 1
After going hitless through the first four innings, the Giants offense woke up in the fifth with back to back singles by Mac Williamson and Joe Panik. Williamson came around to score later the inning on a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson.
Hanson's out here doing work
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 17, 2018
Dodgers 3, Giants 1
Kike Hernández came into the game dominating Madison Bumgarner, batting .467 with three home runs against the Giants ace. Hernández continued his success against Bumgarner hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. This was also the second home run of the series for Hernández.
— Absolute SportsNet (@absolutesn) June 17, 2018
Starting Pitcher Matchup
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Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a base hit to Mac Williamson. Williamson came around to score later the inning on a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson. Wood labored in the fifth inning, but limited the damage to one run allowed despite throwing 30 pitches.
He finished the game allowing one run on four hits in 5.2 innings. Wood only threw 85 pitches in this start and has only reached the 100 pitch mark once in the past two seasons.
Madison Bumgarner lasted longer than Wood but fell victim to the longball. All three runs allowed by Bumgarner came off of the solo home run by Kemp and two-run home run by Hernández.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 17, 2018
The Dodger bullpen continued its success to back up Wood’s solid start. The combination of Yimi Garcia, Scott Alexander, Josh Fields and Kenley Jansen combined for 3.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Jansen labored in the ninth throwing 23 pitches but picked up his 17th save of the season.
Saturday’s matchup was an optimistic one for Dodgers fans. Alex Wood won his first game since May 20 as he showed glimpses of his 2017 all-star self. The victory also ensured another series victory for the Dodgers. They have won eight of their last nine series, tying the series they did not win. They are 11-2 in June.
Dodgers vs Giants
June 17, 1:10 PM PT
Caleb Ferguson will take the mound against Chris Stratton on Father’s Day for the rubber game of the series. Ferguson will search for his first win in his third career start while Stratton will face the Dodgers for the fourth time this year.
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