The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Tuesday night’s game with a 2-4 season record against the rival San Francisco Giants and looked to start the three-game series off on a positive note.
With Tim Hudson on the mound, Joc Pederson led the game off with a line-drive double, and although Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick recorded outs, the center fielder advanced to third as a pitch got by Buster Posey. Adrian Gonzalez was able to draw a walk, but Scott Van Slyke struck out to end the top of the inning.
Although he did not give up any runs in the first, Carlos Frias was off to an unusually bumpy start after giving up an early double to Joe Panik. Angel Pagan singled immediately afterwards, but the right-hander was able to strike out Posey and got Brandon Belt to ground out.
In the top of the second Yasmani Grandal, despite being red hot this month, grounded out to lead off the inning. Andre Ethier flied out, but Alex Guerrero hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Hudson then issued a walk to Frias, but Pederson grounded out as the Dodgers left runners on base once again. Frias regained composure and retired the batters in order in the bottom of the inning and recorded his the second strikeout of the game.
Hudson matched Frias’ outing and quickly retired the batters in order in the third. Nori Aoki and Hudson both grounded out to begin the bottom of the inning, but the Giants were able to rattle the starter with a two-out rally.
Panik singled and Pagan followed with a base hit past a diving Kendrick to put runners on first and second. Posey flared a ball over Rollins head to send Panik home. Frias then walked Belt to load the bases, but was able to strike out Hunter Pence skating by with just the one run allowed in the rocky inning.
Hudson tossed another scoreless inning in the fourth, allowing only a single to Ethier. In the bottom of the inning, Frias once again recorded two quick outs. He then gave up back-to-back singles to Hudson and Aoki but was able to get Panik out to keep the Giants lead to one run.
In the fifth Hudson gave up a single to Rollins but pitched another strong inning giving up no runs and recording his second strikeout of the game. Pagan grounded out to begin the bottom of the fifth, and although Frias walked Posey, he was able to get Belt to hit into a double play with the Dodgers in a shift.
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