Recap: Giants Bounce Back As Mike Leake Shuts Dodgers Down

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The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t have long to bask in the glory that came with clinching a third straight National League West division title as they were back on the field Wednesday night to face the San Francisco Giants in the third of a four-game series.

Mike Leake walked Jimmy Rollins with one out in the first inning, though it didn’t hurt him as Corey Seager followed by grounding into a double play. Mike Bolsinger also issued a one-out walk in his first inning of work, but his led to a Matt Duffy two-run home run.

After walking Brandon Crawford, who then stole second base, Bolsinger got Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson swinging to strikeout the side. Leake easily set the Dodgers down in the second inning, which Bolsinger matched by collecting two more strikeouts.

Facing the bottom of the Dodgers’ lineup in the third, Leake again retired the side in order. Pagan led off the bottom half of the inning with an infield single to the right side that Chase Utley made a diving stop on, but didn’t have anyone to throw to at first base.

Pagan then stole second without drawing a throw, and scored on Kelby Tomlinson’s RBI double, extending the Giants’ lead to 3-0. Tomlinson had a lapse in judgement and was thrown out at third base on a routine grounder to Rollins. Bolsinger got out of the inning with some luck as Crawford lined into a 4-3 inning-ending double play.

Rollins broke up Leake’s early no-hit bid with a one-out single in the third. The Dodgers’ shortstop was gifted second base by way of a Leake balk, and Rollins then advanced to third on Seager’s groundout to the right side. Andre Ethier kept the inning alive by drawing a walk, though it didn’t amount to anything as Utley grounded out.

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