Heading into Wednesday’s game with their magic number down to one in order to clinch the National League West title, the Los Angeles Dodgers heavily relied on Clayton Kershaw before joining their ace’s efforts.
Kershaw needed just eight pitches to retire the side in the first inning and again sat the San Francicos Giants down in order in the second inning.
Tim Hudson faced his first adversity of the night in the second inning as back-to-back singles from Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford put runners on the corners with one out.
However, the Dodgers were unable to break the scoreless tie as Juan Uribe grounded into an inning-ending double play. Joaquin Arias reached on an infield single in the third to start a peculiar inning for the Dodger ace.
Gregor Blanco followed with a single to left and Kershaw was called for a balk, which allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Kershaw then made a behind-the-back stab on a comebacker to record an out and force the runners to hold.
More trouble ensued as Hunter Pence hit a slow roller to Uribe, whose throw home was just late and Arias slid in safely to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Joe Panik’s flare single to left loaded the bases, but Kershaw escaped the jam by inducing a ground ball double play.
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