Following a difficult series with the Texas Rangers in which they lost three of four games, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to turn their luck around against the San Francisco Giants.
Before the start of this series, the Dodgers had not played their best baseball against their rivals, winning just two of nine games. However, their two wins did come at Dodgers Stadium, where Friday’s game was played.
Mike Bolsinger started on the mound for the Dodgers, hoping to recreate his last start against the Giants in which he gave up just one run in 5.2 innings. Nori Aoki led off with a slow chopper to Justin Turner at third whose throw was too late, giving the Giants their first runner of the game.
However, Joe Panik grounded a ball to Jimmy Rollins to start a 6-4-3 double play for the Dodgers, ending any threat posed by the Giants. Chris Heston, who threw a no-hitter on June 9 with three hit batters, plunked Turner on the hip with two outs in the bottom of the first. Adrian Gonzalez hit a hard line drive, but left fielder Aoki was there to catch it for the third out.
Buster Posey started off the top of the second with what seemed to be a pop out, but Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick could not get to the ball as it dropped between them. Bolsinger then recovered to record three consecutive outs, stranding Posey, who stole second base during the inning, at third.
Th Dodgers got their first hit of the game in the bottom of the second when Turner lined a single into left field. He advanced to second on a slow grounder and scored right after on Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Gregor Blanco became the third consecutive leadoff hitter to reach for the Giants by smacking a single to left field. After failing to get a bunt down through two pitches, Heston attempted to bunt yet again on two strikes and fouled it off for the first out. Aoki then continued with his success against the Dodgers, driving a base hit to right field and advancing Blanco to third.
Panik lined out to Kendrick, who threw to first in attempt to double up Aoki, but was unsuccessful. With two outs and a full count, Angel Pagan walked to load the bases. Posey then stepped up to the late and launched a grand slam into the Dodgers bullpen, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead.
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