Thursday, August 23, 2012

Joaquin Arias 5, Dodgers 4

MC O'connor at Raising (Matt) Cain has a nice recap of the night  -- 

The Giants pull off the sweep, stuffing the Smogsuckers behind a career night from Joaquin Arias. The 27-year old well-traveled utility man hit a two-run homer in the 1st, an RBI double in the 6th, and a two-run double in the 7th. He also made a brilliant stop at short and threw out Shane Victorino in the 3rd (aided by a nice catch from Brandon Belt). The man is on fire! With the team having undergone a painful Melkotomy recently, it is great to see guys step up. And I am also happy to see the team look much better in the field. Justin Christian made a Blancoesque diving catch in the 7th to save a run, but it isn't just the highlight-reel plays. These days the Giants are catching the ball and making the throws, something they had a lot of trouble with earlier in the season. (Hunter Pence gifted LA a run with a poor play on a fly ball by Andre Ethier, but it was 8-0 at that point. He needs to get his bat going.) 

It's been more than 5 years since the Orange and Black swept in LA. Here's part of Andrew Baggarly's recap --   

Matt Cain picked up the baton and fired seven strong innings to finish the Giants’ first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium since April 24-26, 2007.
How long ago was that? Well, Matt Morris, Noah Lowry and Kevin Correia were the winning pitchers in that series. Barry Bonds hit his 741st career home run to get within 14 of matching Hank Aaron’s all-time record. And heavens strike me if I lie, Armando Benitez saved all three games.
Cain is the only current Giant who was on the roster for that sweep six years ago. He’s a keeper, all right.
The Giants rotation flat-out dominated in this series while going 3-0 with an 0.87 ERA.
With Posey scratched because of a tight right hamstring, Pagan and Scutaro combined to kickstart another productive first inning, and Arias did the rest. He hit a two-run home run, added a pair of doubles and set a career high with five RBIs.
It was the third consecutive series between the clubs that ended in a sweep.


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