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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