Wednesday, April 22, 2015

dodgers gag again

Well that was tasty!

Hey, dodger fans -- how'd you like the way the most expensive team in baseball choked tonight?

Maybe the dodger management should hold off on printing playoff tickets. 

You know, it's comforting to know that with a big game on the line, the dodgers just don't have what it takes -- again.  Here's the recap --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's bases-loaded sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie Wednesday night and lifted the San Francisco Giants to their second straight victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a 3-2 decision.
With the score knotted, Buster Posey began San Francisco's winning rally with a one-out single off Chris Hatcher, who grazed Justin Maxwell with his next pitch. The ball also struck catcher A.J. Ellis on the right hand, forcing him to leave the game. With the left-handed-batting Brandon Belt due up, lefty J.P. Howell relieved Hatcher. Belt's single to left loaded the bases for Panik, whom the Dodgers tried to counter by employing a five-man infield. Panik rendered the strategy moot with his first-pitch drive to medium-deep right-center field, scoring pinch-runner Gregor Blanco.
The anticipated pitching matchup between left-handed aces Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants ended in a virtual standoff, as the score was tied, 2-2, by the time both left the game. Kershaw surrendered only three hits, struck out nine in six innings and lapsed only in the third inning, when the Giants scored both of their runs off him. Bumgarner protected that lead until the seventh, when Alex Guerrero clobbered a pinch-hit, two-run homer.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bumgarner's bunt: Getting a bunt down against Kershaw isn't easy, given the hop on his fastball and the break of his curveball. But Bumgarner sacrificed successfully in the third inning, putting the Giants in position to score twice.


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