Dodgers Vs. Giants Recap: Puig Homers, Mattingly Ejected In Loss
With the Los Angeles Dodgers losers in their previous two games, Paul Maholm took the mound to face the San Francisco Giants for the third time this season. The left-hander issued a walk to Hunter Pence, which was followed by a Brandon Belt single. Maholm got out of the jam by getting Michael Morse to ground into an inning-ending double play. Madison Bumgarner retired the Dodgers in order in the first with Angel Pagan recording all three putouts.
Maholm hit Belt with the first pitch in the second inning, but nothing would come of it for the Giants as Belt only got as far as second base. Joaquin Arias took over for Belt at first base in the bottom of the second, and it was later learned Belt had suffered a broken left thumb. Scott Van Slyke drew a two-out walk and promptly stole second. The Dodgers would leave him stranded however, as Miguel Olivo lined out to Pagan.
Justin Turner, starting in place of Juan Uribe did his best to ignite the Dodgers offense with leadoff double in the bottom of the third. Maholm sacrificed Turner over to third, where he would remain after Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig were unable to drive him in.
The game remained scoreless through 4.1 as Maholm retired 10 straight batters before walking Brandon Hicks. Brandon Crawford followed with a two-run homer to right to put the Giants ahead. Bumgarner continued to sail through the game, picking up his third and fourth strikeouts of the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Maholm walked Pence in the sixth, who reached second base on a Morse groundout and then stole third without a throw. The lax defense would come back to hurt the Dodgers as Pence then scored on an Arias infield single. Arias advanced to second on an error by Turner and after intentionally walking Pablo Sandoval, Maholm’s night of work was over. Brandon League came on in relief and got Hicks to pop up for the third out.
Puig got the Dodgers on the board with a solo home run in the sixth, which included an exchanging of words with Bumgarner as Puig was jogging towards home plate. Manager Don Mattingly got ejected minutes later for arguing balls and strikes with Hanley Ramirez in the batter’s box. Bumgarner got Ramirez swinging and Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to end the inning.
League stayed on in the seventh and the Giants loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles. The right-hander kept his scoreless innings streak alive by first getting Pence to hit into a one-two-three double play, followed by a Posey fly out. Matt Kemp singled in the bottom of the seventh, but it was to no avail as the Dodgers would leave him stranded.
With the Dodgers trailing 3-1, League remained in the game for the eighth inning retired the Giants in order on three ground outs. After the Dodgers failed to get a runner on base in the bottom of the eighth, J.P. Howell also held the Giants without a hit in the ninth.
Giants closer Sergio Romo relieved Bumgarner in the ninth and got the save for the Giants, who won the game 3-1.
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