In a game where Yasiel Puig goes 4-for-5 with three triples and a double, there’s not much to do except look toward the next one. After a day of reassignments, constant news, 80’s night and the Giants’ 300th consecutive sellout, tonight’s 8-1 loss was one thing San Francisco won’t want to see in the headlines again.
It was a night of Dodger offense, as Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, and Puig combined to record ten of Los Angeles’ 15 hits, and the team tied a franchise record with five triples in a game. Three of those came off the bat of Puig, who became the first Dodger to log such a stat in 113 years. The wheels came off in a disastrous five run fifth inning, as Tim Lincecum saw the damage from a lack of command. After five straight hits, Lincecum was pulled for Juan Gutierrez, who allowed his inherited runners to score. San Francisco’s starter finished his night with six earned runs on nine hits, while striking out six and waking none.
The game started with controversy, but the Dodgers failed challenge of Puig’s triple off the wall, possibly the top, didn’t end up hurting the club. Manager Bruce Bochy also came out to challenge the call, as he wanted Puig to go back to second base.
“I don’t understand how a guy gets a triple. It’s not like he shot out of the box, either,” he said. “I don’t agree with it. I think it was the wrong call.”
Later, the Dodgers were back at the plate as Hector Sanchez took a rough foul off his helmet. He was able to talk his way into completing the top of the frame, but soon made his way down the tunnel and ended his night after striking out in the bottom half. After the game, Bochy shared that Sanchez had a mild concussion and would be out for a little while, but no moves had been made at the time.
On the other side, Zack Greinke helped his team’s offensive attack by limiting the Giants offense to just four hits through seven scoreless innings. He even struck out four batters in one inning after Hunter Pence beat out the throw to first, the first time a Dodgers pitcher had done so since September 2006. The Dodgers’ starter silenced San Francisco, striking out ten and holding them to just two runners in scoring position during his appearance. Pablo Sandoval showed one of the few sparks in the Giants’ lineup, going 2-for-3 and reaching second base at one point. When that’s one of the highlights, you know it was rough.
The Giants showed some life in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. After Adam Duvall struck out, Tyler Colvin hit an RBI single to help San Francisco avoid the shutout, but that would be the lone run of the night.
Dan Uggla made his orange and black debut, going 0-for-2 with a couple defensive plays in the field. He left the game on the Hector Sanchez double switch, as Tony Abreu served as replacement and also made his first San Francisco appearance of the year. In similar fashion, Abreu went 0-for-3 on the night, mirroring the second base issues the Giants have seen all season.
With tonight’s loss, The Giants’ division lead drops to just half a game over the Dodgers, and tomorrow San Francisco will try to hang on to first place. Ryan Vogelsong will look to rebound off a rough start of four runs (three earned) on a career-high eleven hits over three innings while fighting a cold. He’ll face Clayton Kershaw, who has continued to be lights out for Los Angeles, leading the league in ERA (1.92), WHIP (0.84) and strikeouts per nine innings (11.67).
First pitch at 6:05pm.