Yep, that’s two in a row. The POWERFUL Dodgers, the best team that money can buy, were defeated for the second consecutive night by the struggling, weak-hitting, WORLD CHAMPION SF Giants in front of another sell out crowd at AT & T Park.
This time, the boys did it in dramatic fashion, with a walk off, sacrifice fly delivered in the bottom of the ninth by second baseman Joe Panik. The 3-2 victory was extra sweet because the Giants and Madison Bumgarner beat Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw again, and it ensured a series victory with the win.
This pitching match up was one of the most anticipated of the season. Madison Bumgarner, post season phenom and hero, three-time World Series Champion and World Series MVP, against Clayton Kershaw, regular season phenom, three time Cy Young award winner and MVP. The G-men are now 3-1 when the two aces have gone head to head.
MadBum pitched very well through through 6 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits and no runs. However, after getting the first out in the seventh, he gave up a single to A.J. Ellis and then a homerun to pinch hitter Alex Guerrero, and just like that the game was tied 2-2 and MadBum was done for the night, after throwing 109 pitches.
The Giants offense continued to struggle, managing only five singles for the entire game, but came through when it mattered, going 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position, along with Panik’s walk off sacrifice fly for the game winner.
The Giants have now won three of their last four games, improving to 6-10 on the year. They’ll go for the sweep this afternoon when Ryan Vogelsong faces Dodger starter Mike Bolsinger. With another win, the Giants will have cut the Dodgers lead in the standings in half, and will trail the Dodgers by just three games, with 145 to pay. Long way to go fans, and it looks like another tortuous and exciting season.