Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner faced off for the second time this season as the Los Angeles Dodgers attempted to extend their winning streak at Dodger Stadium to nine games by also winning a second consecutive game against the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers, with a record of 12-7, entered the night in first place in the National League West, while the Giants remained in basement at 8-12.
Kershaw faced his first difficulty of the night with Angel Pagan, who hit a hanging curveball off of the top of the wall in left field for a double. Kershaw’s next pitch was smacked into center field by Buster Posey for an RBI single and the Giants jumped out to an early 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers did not have an answer for the early run as they went down in order on a pop out, strikeout, and ground out in the bottom of the first. After striking out the first batter, comebacker caught a piece of Kershaw’s glove, but Juan Uribe recovered it and threw the runner out at first.
Kershaw’s potential 1-2-3 inning was thrown off course by Joaquin Arias, who singled up the middle. However, Kershaw then struck out Bumgarner to end the inning. With one out in the bottom of the second, the Dodgers collected their first hit of the night on a Scott Van Slyke single.
However, he was promptly erased on an Alex Guerrero double play and the Dodgers trailed 1-0 after two innings. Nori Aoki worked a lengthy at-bat against Kershaw before ultimately grounding out to Howie Kendrick for the first out in the third inning.
Long Beach State product Matt Duffy lined a one-out single into left field, but the inning came to an end one batter later as Pagan grounded into a double play. Bumgarner continued to breeze his way through the Dodgers lineup in the bottom of the third by retiring the side in order, including striking out A.J. Ellis and Kershaw.
Posey led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to left-center field, again jumping on the first pitch he saw from Kershaw. The Dodgers’ ace then struck out the next two batters and got help from Jimmy Rollins, who fielded a grounder up the middle, spun and threw to first base in time.
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