San Francisco, CA – The Giants continue to stay close in the pennant race after defeating the Dodgers 2-1. They remain a half a game behind the San Diego Padres in the National League West. A tight race leaves all watching the standings daily but for the Giants their victory came right on time.
After a scoreless tie for seven innings, Travis Ishikawa pinched hit for Matt Cain and began the rally. Ishikawa hit a double then advanced to third base on Chad Billingsley wild pitch. Mike Fontenot followed with a single that brought in the games first run.
“It felt good to contribute to the team’s win tonight,” Fontenot said.
Both teams pitched well and the defense was stellar. Billingsley pitched himself out of a few jams until Fontenot’s two-out, broken bat RBI single. Following Clayton Kershaw’s first shutout the night before was a difficult task but he came close.
“It was a well pitched game on both sides,” manager Joe Torre said. “Cain shut us out and I’m just glad the error on Ryan Theriot didn’t cause too much damage.”
Theriot was lucky he didn’t get ejected after arguing being called out after hitting a bunt and seemed to have tagged the base. But umpire Marty Foster saw it differently and sent him to the duggout. The defense backed Billingsley throughout the game but it wasn’t enough to stop the Giants.
Cain pitched a perfect game allowing three hits and retired 14 of 15 batters he faced in seven innings. San Francisco has won 10 of 12 starts from Cain since the All-Star break. He’s 6-2 with a 2.71 ERA in the second half.
“It’s always fun when you get in a game that’s moving along and it’s a battle,” Cain said. “You know every pitch counts!”
Both pitchers dueled for six innings and matched each other zero to zero through six innings. Billingsley struck out seven in seven innings, his ERA now 3.55. After being relieved by George Sherrill, Aubrey Huff doubled, Buster Posey was walked intentionally leading to Pablo Sandoval’s RBI single that gave the Giants their insurance won to seal their victory.
“It’s going to be this way, probably for the rest of the way,” manager Bruce Bochy explained. “It’ll come down to pitching, defense and hopefully you get a timely hit.” “We got it tonight!”
Written by: Malaika Bobino