By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – Bad news came for the Dodgers today. They lost center fielder Matt Kemp for the next two days and the remainder of the series. Precautions were made due to his recent slump and shoulder injury when running into a wall on a fly ball during the Colorado Rockies series last week.
Unfortunately, the Giants weren’t able to take advantage of the situation. They lost 3-2 to the Dodgers, leaving them 4 1/2 games behind in the National League West.
“There’s a lot of baseball left,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s going to be a fight. We know it. And it’s out nature, we don’t do anything easy.”
The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead after Buster Posey hit a RBI single in the first frame. Chris Capuano gave up three hits, a double to Marco Scutaro and two singles to Pablo Sandoval and Posey. But runners were left stranded when Hunter Pence flew out to right field and Joaquin Arias grounded into a force out to end the inning.
The Dodgers tied the game 1-1 when Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Capuano scored. Matt Cain had given up two hits to put runners in scoring position. Luckily he was able to get out of the jam after Gonzalez flew out to right field to end the inning.
Buster leadoff the seventh with a double, and advanced to third on Hunter Pence’s sacrifice bunt. Brandon Belt lined out to the pitcher and Posey scored giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The hardest part for San Francisco was maintaining that lead.
The Dodgers responded quickly when Juan Rivera opened the eighth with a double. It would’ve been an out, but Hunter’s sliding catch failed when he bobbled the ball. Following A.J. Ellis sacrifice bunt, Cain’s wild pitch allowed pinch runner Alex Castellanos to score and tie the game again.
“I cut it,” said Matt. “It’s really aggravating right now. I was throwing a lot of things I wanted for strikes. And then I didn’t execute the pitch I wanted to at the end. I didn’t give the bullpen a chance to come in and bail me out. That’s my fault, that’s on my shoulders.”
That error was the end of Cain’s day on the mound. The bullpen took over and had no better luck in sustaining the Dodgers either. Adrian Gonzalez leadoff the ninth with a triple, and Hanley Ramirez followed with a RBI double take the lead again.
Andre Either walked and then the bizarre happened. Ramirez got caught stealing third for the out and and Either got caught stealing second while Luis Cruz was at bat. Poor decision making on the Dodgers part as they were in a position to have two runners on in scoring position.
“Adrian’s triple kind of got everybody up and we were just trying to follow him,” Ramirez said.
“We’ve got to talk about the caught-stealing,” said manager Don Mattlingly. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”