We have the series finale of a 4-game set out of the NL West on Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers duke it out with the San Francisco Giants. These California coastal teams should be titans, not tomato cans.
Outfielder Drew Stubbs also was called up from Sacramento and made his Giants debut in center field for the injured Denard Span, who needs another three or four days following a mild right shoulder sprain that forced him out of Saturday's game at Colorado. The Dodgers also held a throwing session for Rich Hill to assess his blister issue.
And with the potential tying run at second base and a 3-1 count on Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez, Cain had even more reason to be anxious. Kershaw (4-1) allowed six hits and one run, walking one as he improved to 11-4 in 19 outings and 18 starts in San Francisco's waterfront ballpark. Arroyo was hitting a ridiculous.446/.478/.692 with three homers in his time with Triple-A Richmond, and the Giants struggling offense will see if that can carry over to the big leagues.
Morse entered as a pinch hitter in the eight inning of a tight 3-2 game against the Dodgers Wednesday. It's what's best for the team.
By then, the bullpen had already let manager Dave Roberts down. "But yeah, right now, we're both under.500".
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24: Mark Melancon #41 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants picked off Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to end their game at AT&T Park on April 24, 2017 in San Francisco, California.
Kershaw, of course, has faced the rival Giants plenty of times throughout his future Hall-of-Fame career, and based on his extensively dominant track record, you could argue that the former NL MVP and Cy Young award victor pretty much owns them.
Cain (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking one. He was pushed along by a stolen base, walk and bunt.
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Ryu made 96 pitches, 61 of them for strikes.
"They didn't make hard contact on my pitches", he told MLB.com "Although AT&T Park is famous for being pitcher friendly, I wanted to make sure I don't give up home runs and extra bases and I concentrated on keeping my pitches low".
"We feel like as a staff if we can get some things going in the right direction, we can try to get the momentum on our side", Cain said. "I saw it down and took off".
Arroyo got the slider that's always coming, low and away, and he drilled it deep to left-center. One day I remember it's the middle of the night, we just started rocking out.
"It's one of those special moments that can change a season ..."
Hernandez led off the 10th inning with a single. "It's not how I imagined it would be but I'll take it", Bellinger said. I don't really make it known that I listen to rock music. "She kept saying, "You're lying, you're lying, you're lying.' I said, 'No, I'm not.' Eventually, she said, 'Oh, that's amazing" and started crying". "I hope to build on this performance". When that run is complete, somebody will exit the rotation.
"I'm not going to lie, I was thinking about that game (against) St. Louis", Bochy said. Plus, Matt Moore is holding the current Dodgers' lineup to a combined.186 batting average over 70 combined at-bats, so I think Moore will be able to keep the Dodgers in check here and get San Fran a 2nd series win over a division rival. He showed his complete mix and for him to be stressed a little in the sixth inning, but to be able to get through it, that was good. "It didn't feel great, but I'm not anxious about it".
Perhaps the rivalry helped Ryu's focus.