Giants Win Game, Lose Brandon Belt
It was a bittersweet night at Chavez Ravine as the Giants took game two from the Dodgers 3-1 but may have lost their home run leader to the disabled list.
Madison Bumgarner (4-3, 2.83) showed why he’s the ace on this San Francisco squad, as he tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the division rivals. The southpaw gave up four hits, one walk, and struck out eight. On the current road trip, Bumgarner has allowed just one run in 14 innings, with the lone run coming on Friday night on a solo home run off the bat of Yasiel Puig. Puig hit the one-out bomb in the sixth and performed his signature bat-flip. As the Dodgers right fielder rounded third, Bumgarner shared some *colorful* words with Puig, letting him exactly what he thought about his bat-flip. Puig shouted right back at the pitcher, which should lead to an interesting game on Saturday.
Unfortunately the Puig and the Dodgers, that’d be the only run they could muster against a San Francisco staff that boasts the fourth-best ERA in the National League (3.10).
The Giants offense wasn’t much, but it was enough to earn their 23rd win of the season. After Brandon Hicks worked a one-out walk in the fifth, Brandon Crawford crushed his fourth home run of the year to put San Francisco on the board 2-0. They’d extend the lead playing small ball in the top of the sixth. Hunter Pence worked a walk to lead off, moved to second on a ground out by Michael Morse, and stole third. Joaquin Arias singled Pence home with a clutch, two-out hit.
The bad news for the Giants? Arias was in the game to replace Brandon Belt at first. Belt was hit in the hand by Dodgers starter Paul Maholm (1-3, 4.71) to lead off the second. He remained in the game for the rest of the half-inning, but Belt was unable to grip a bat and was taken in for x-rays. A broken thumb was confirmed and an estimated DL stint of 6-8 weeks is currently projected.
Ending on a happy note, the Giants, at 23-13, hold the best record in the National League. Their win in LA on Friday night extended their division lead to two games over the Colorado Rockies and four-and-a-half games over the Dodgers.
Matt Cain (0-3, 4.35) is expected to make the start on Saturday after missing his previous two with a cut on his finger. He’ll be facing off against Zack Greinke (5-1, 2.35), who’s had fights in the past with other teams in the division (Padres, Diamondbacks).
Should be a fun weekend.by