Sitting atop the National League West standings with a record of 11-7, the Los Angeles Dodgers entered Monday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants looking to avenge last week’s sweep at the hands of the reigning World Champions.
Nori Aoki led the game off by beating out Jimmy Rollins’ throw from deep in the hole. Then, with one away and Aoki still on first base, Angel Pagan hit a deep fly to center that looked like it would start a rally for the Giants. However, Joc Pederson made a spectacular catch, hitting the wall, then making the relay throw to double up Aoki at first to end the inning.
Rollins led off the bottom of the inning by drawing a walk from Tim Lincecum, but he was then doubled up when Andre Ethier hit a hard liner that Buster Posey made a snow-cone catch at first base.
Posey’s catch loomed large as Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick hit back-to-back singles to start a two-out rally, but Yasmani Grandal grounded to second and the game remained scoreless after the first inning.
Justin Maxwell hit a one-out double in the top of the second, but Brett Anderson got out of the inning in dominant fashion by striking out Andrew Susac and Casey McGehee. Carl Crawford put the Dodgers in prime position to get on board with a leadoff triple to right in the bottom of the inning.
Lincecum then walked Juan Uribe, but an infield pop-up by Pederson, a sacrifice bunt by Anderson and a diving catch from Maxwell in right field to rob Rollins of an RBI single, kept the Dodgers at bay.
Anderson began the third by issuing a leadoff walk to Brandon Crawford. Aoki got on board again by bouncing into a fielder’s choice with one out and stole second base with two outs, but Joe Panik grounded to short to end the inning.
After knocking on the door the first two innings, the Dodgers finally broke through in the bottom of the third. Either drew a leadoff walk and made it to third base on a single by Gonzalez. Still with no outs, Gonzalez himself went first to third on a Kendrick base hit that scored Ethier to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
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