Series Opener Unravels Late

A leadoff home run from the Giants Gregor Blanco gave San Francisco an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After Kemp drops a fly ball in right field in the 3rd inning, the Giants capitalize on it by scoring on a safety squeeze, it is now 2-0. In the 5th inning Carl Crawford promptly hits a solo home run to make the score 2-1. In that same inning, Dee Gordon hits a SAC fly to left field, scoring Juan Uribe and tying the game at 2. There wasn’t anymore scoring for the next 7 innings.

Dan Haren threw spectacular only allowing 1 hit on 1 ER in 7 IP. After he finished off the Giants in the 7th, we got word that the Dodgers vested Dan Haren’s option to play in 2015, offering him $10 million. He said he might not be coming back, but anyone would be crazy to turn to that kind of money for one year. The Dodgers used a total of 8 pitchers, which means 7 came in relief for the Dodgers on the crazy Monday night matchup against the rival San Francisco Giants.

Now on to the 13th inning we go, which was a complete disaster. Correia came in hoping to keep the score as it was, he did not. Kevin Correia gave up 3 hits on 3 ER in the 1 inning he pitched. The Dodgers lost the game 5-2 in 13 innings.

Not necessarily getting players on base was the problem, getting hits and getting runners across home plate was the main concern. The Giants bullpen did not allow a hit or a run in the 6 innings that they pitched tonight. Puig, Ellis, and Barney were all hit by pitches. None of them came across to score. The Dodgers defense did not have their best game, having 3 errors on the long night, which one of the errors forced a run across.

The game lasted 4 hours and 16 minutes. Dodger Stadium was sold out on a gorgeous Monday night for baseball. It was a perfect setting for baseball against the division rival, but not the best outcome.

Mattingly could be one to blame for the loss, but 4 hits and 2 runs in 13 runs just isn’t going to cut it. If the Dodgers continue their hitting woes these last 5 games of the season, let alone this series, they can just hand over the NL West title to the Giants.

But I really don’t think throwing Correia was the greatest idea Donnie has ever had. I personally would’ve gone with Yimi Garcia before I went with Correria. Brandon League came in and faced a few lefties late in the game. Meanwhile you have a very strong lefty in Paco Rodriguez in the bullpen. What are you saving him for!? This is the last week of baseball, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Dodgers player of the game: Dan Haren 7 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 SO 4.03 ERA.
Right off the bat I had a bad feeling after Haren gave up the leadoff home run to Blanco. Haren was literally shutting out the Giants the 6 2/3 innings he went after the home run. Haren was very solid striking out 7 Giants in 7 innings. Unfortunately he was forced with a no decision.

The Dodgers will take on the rival Giants in game 2 of the 3 game series tonight at 7:10 PT at Dodger Stadium. They look to knot up the series and go into game 3 with confidence having Kershaw on the mound on Wednesday. The Dodgers lead in the NL West is now down to 3.5 games.

Pitching Matchup:

Madison Bumgarner 18-9, 2.91 ERA vs. Zack Greinke 15-8, 2.76 ERA

Go Dodgers!

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