The San Francisco Giants (10-6) comeback fell short on Thursday afternoon as they dropped the series finale to the Los Angeles Dodgers (10-6) 2-1, failing to sweep. With Madison Bumgarner on the hill the Giants liked their chances, but the Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu was the more dominant pitcher, keeping the San Francisco bats quiet.
Ryu went seven strong innings, giving up just four hits, one walk and striking out three. A losing streak stopper for LA, he is now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA on the season. Ryu had a relatively smooth afternoon, avoiding and escaping any jams that he got into.
As for Bumgarner, he didn’t pitch too bad himself, but ran into a high pitch count. He only managed to last 4 1/3 innings, but only gave up two earned runs, three walks and still struck out six. It just wasn’t his day, especially when you compare it to his last outing in which he drove in five runs, including four on one swing of the bat alone in a win. But that’s baseball. Bumgarner is now 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA on the season.
The Giants bullpen was able to pitch tremendous shutout ball for 4 2/3 innings behind the recently activated Jeremy Affeldt and Yusmeiro Petit. They pitched beautifully, allowing just one hit and one walk after Bumgarner’s early departure.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the Dodgers bullpen was able to do just enough to fend off any more later heroics from a San Francisco club that has been characterized by their torturous, unnecessarily tight ball games and come from behind victories. They like living on the edge, but with a team like the Dodgers, you simply cannot afford to let opportunities pass you by.
San Francisco left an astounding 33 runners on base over the course of the three game series. They are lucky to have come out on top with a 2-1 series victory thanks to their outstanding pitching effort that only allowed five combined Dodger runs.
Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers. He collected four hits in the series and is hitting .286 on the season. Former Giant Juan Uribe continued his hot start for Los Angeles, going 5-11 with a home run, an RBI and two runs in the series. With a .375 batting average, he is one of the hottest Dodgers from the plate.
Ehire Adrianza had three hits and knocked in Brandon Belt with two outs in the ninth for San Francisco’s only run. But it wasn’t enough as the heart of the lineup really let the Giants down. The combination of Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Michael Morse went a combined 0-11.
Former Giant Brian Wilson made an appearance out of the bullpen in the eighth inning for L.A. and to no one’s surprise got himself into and then back out of a crucial late inning jam. The disheveled two-time World Champion was a fan favorite in San Francisco before undergoing a second Tommy John surgery and ultimately signing with the rival Dodgers during last season.
San Francisco has jumped out to an early 4-2 season series advantage in what is looking to be a great renewed rivalry that for the first time in recent years may have the two teams fighting until the very end for the division crown. They next meet in Los Angeles for an early May four game set.
Commentary by Rich Peters
Guardian Liberty Voice Writer for the San Francisco Giants