After losing an eighth time in 10 head-to-head meetings with the San Francisco Giants, Carlos Frias started Saturday’s game looking to turn the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fortunes around in front of a sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium.
Frias got off to an ominous start as he hit Nori Aoki with a pitch to put the leadoff man on. Aoki remained down for a few minutes before getting up and taking his base. Joe Panik put Frias in hot water by doubling to right that left two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Angel Pagan and Buster Posey both hit sacrifice flies and the Giants took an early 2-0 lead. The Dodgers answered back in the bottom half of the first behind back-to-back solo home runs from Joc Pederson and Justin Turner. Howie Kendrick added a two-out single before Tim Hudson managed to get out of the inning.
Frias again hit the leadoff man, this time grazing Brandon Crawford on his left foot. The pitch was initially ruled a ball, gut Giants manager Bruce Bochy got his shortstop on base by asking for a review. Whereas the Giants capitalized on getting a runner on base in the first, they didn’t in the second as the next three batters all hit ground outs.
Hudson retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the second, closing the inning by striking out Frias swinging. Justin Maxwell, who replaced Aoki in the second inning, and Joe Panik both flied out in the third, and Frias completed the 1-2-3 inning by on an Angel Pagan groundout.
Yasiel Puig hit a leadoff double and Pederson followed with a walk to put two on with no outs in the bottom of the third. Hudson got of the inning unscathed however, on a Turner double play and Adrian Gonzalez grounder.
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