Okay Giants’ fans, here’s your bit of free advice for the day: if Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner is pitching in a big game, bet on black (and orange). Once again, MadBum didn’t disappoint, leading the Giants to a 2-1 victory over ace Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. This pitching matchup was highly anticipated and was even more of a duel than last week’s battle in San Francisco (also won by the Giants).
This one was all about battery mates Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner and brought back memories of recent post season games. MadBum pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out 9. He’s now 8-3, with a 2.08 ERA at Dodger Stadium in his career. Buster called another great game and went 2 for 4 at the plate, including a home run, driving in both Giants’ runs.
The G-men struck first in the first inning, as Angel Pagan continued his hot hitting with a two out double. Pagan is now hitting .357 on the year, after going 2 for 4. Posey was up next and he delivered, driving a pitch to right field to score Pagan. In the fourth inning, Buster hammered a first pitch fastball from Kershaw deep to center field, clearing the fence for his third home run of the season. This would be the difference, as the Dodgers scored one run in the bottom of the inning on a fielders choice, to close the gap to 2-1. But they would not threaten the rest of the way as Bumgarner kept the Dodgers off balance in masterful fashion through eight innings, 110 pitches in all. Santiago Casilla came on in the ninth to close it out, picking up his sixth save.
Other offensive highlights included shortstop Joaquin Arias, going 3 for 3 with three singles, raising his average to .316 on the year. With lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Arias got the start over left handed hitting Brandon Crawford, as did Matt Duffy at second base over Joe Panik. Nori Aoki, hitting .306 for the season, continued his consistency in the lead off role, reaching base two times in five appearances with a single and a walk.
With the victory, the G-men are now 4-1 against the Dodgers in 2015. In tonight’s rubber match, the Giants send Ryan Vogelsong against Dodger starter Zach Greinke. Vogey has pitched well recently at Dodger Stadium, with a 2-0 record and 3.38 ERA over his last six starts there. The Giants have won five of those games. Vogey turned in his first quality start of the year just last week against the Dodgers, when he allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision and Giants victory. He’ll need to be at his best tonight, as Greinke sports career numbers against the Giants of 5-0, 1.99. Look for manager Bruce Bochy to get both Crawford and Panik back in the starting lineup tonight against the right handed Greinke. Look for another exciting game Giants fans.