By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – It all went down in the tenth inning. Never a dull moment when these two teams meet. With the Giants leading the National League by 2 1/2 games the Dodgers look to take over the number one spot.
It was newly acquired Hanley Ramirez who blasted a two-run homer in the tenth that secured the Dodgers 5-3 win over San Francisco. It was the second home run allowed this season by Giants pitcher Sergio Romo.
The crucial pitch came two deliveries earlier that might’ve been the game changer. Romo barely missed the the strike zone with a 3-2 slider and walked Andre Either with two outs. However, that pitch was ruled ball four by home plate umpire Ed Hickox when it should’ve been strike three to end the inning.
“That’s one we definitely want,” said catcher Buster Posey. “I guess [Hicksox] saw it as inside.”
“It’s tough to lose those extra-inning games at home,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “But the guys played well.”
Not on of San Francisco’s best games but the defense did a good job in keeping the at-bats low for the Dodgers. They scored two runs in the fifth after a dominating inning. Back-to-back doubles from Jerry Hairston Jr. and pitcher Stephen Fife.
Mark Ellis followed with a RBI single and James Loney added another run in the sixth to extend their lead to 3-1 in the sixth. But the Giants rallied back to tie the game with Brandon Belt’s two-run single bottom of the eighth.
“The goal was to go out there and relax,” Belt said who had been struggling lately.
Matt Cain who pitched seven innings, allowed nine hits over a span of three frames. Not his best work, giving up three runs, walked none and struck out two. The bullpen didn’t back him for the win but did come close had the umpire ruled what many thought was a strikeout on Either instead of a walk.
“This series is bigger than us than for them,” said manager Don Mattingly. “We have to reestablish ourselves in the race.”
The Dodgers last visit to AT&T Park came without Matt Kemp and Ellis. The addition of Hanley only impacts their line-up more. While his teammates have embraced him San Francisco will need to focus on one big piece of their puzzle in losing Pablo Sandoval a few days ago.