MLB: Giants Take Three of Four on Road from Dodgers

The San Francisco Giants travelled to Los Angeles to take on their division rival Dodgers for a four game set and left Los Angeles with their heads held high after winning three of the four games. San Francisco won the first two games of the series by the final score of 3-1 before losing the third game 6-2. They finished off the set with a defining 7-4 extra-inning victory.

 

Thursday: Giants 3, Dodgers 1 F/10

Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead in the 5th inning before San Francisco second baseman Brandon Hicks took Josh Beckett yard to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning. The Giants then took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning when Hector Sanchez knocked in a run with a sac fly. Brandon Belt extended the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single. Sergio Romo came into the game and converted his 11th save of the season.

 

Friday: Giants 3, Dodgers 1

Madison Bumgarner was dealing on Friday night, in which he went eight strong innings where he struck out eight batters and only gave up four hits. One of those hits was to Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in which Puig hit a homerun to cut the lead to 3-1 proceeding with him flipping his bat and slowly trotting around the bases resulting in Bumgarner jawing at Puig as he rounded third base. Brandon Crawford hit a two run bomb for his fourth homerun of the season in the contest. Sergio Romo saved his 12th game of the season.

 

Saturday: Dodgers 6, Giants 2

The Giants jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but sloppy defensive play resulted in multiple runs for the Dodgers. The Dodgers scored the next six runs in the ball thanks to the skillful base running by Dee Gordon. Gordon stole three bases, bringing his season total up to 24 swipes in just 35 games. Zack Greinke improved to 6-1 on the season, while also improving to 10-1 against National League West opponents since joining the Dodgers.

 

Sunday: Giants 7, Dodgers 4 F/10

Pablo Sandoval recorded his first RBI since April 16with a double in the first inning to give San Francisco the 1-0 lead. Puig hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 6th inning and the Dodgers tacked on another run following the big fly to take a 2-1 lead. Sandoval singled in the top of the 7th inning before Brandon Hicks, who smacked his 6th homerun of the season off of Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw to take a 3-2 lead. The Giants extended the lead to 4-2 before Hanley Ramirez tied the game with a long two-run homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning to send the game into extra innings. The Giants did not waste time in the top half of the 10th in which they put up a three spot, including a run off of a wild pitch. Jean Machi came into the game to make the save, his first of the season.

 

Outlook:

The San Francisco Giants (24-14) improved their record over the Los Angeles Dodgers (20-19) on the season to 7-3. Seven of those 10 games have been held at Dodger Stadium as well. The Giants rank first in not only the National League West, but are also tied for first place in the entire National League with the Milwaukee Brewers. Next, the Giants travel home for a seven-game home stand against the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers remain at home and will host the Marlins for a three-game set before Miami heads to the Bay Area.

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan is a sophomore and is currently studying journalism and mass communication at Arizona State University. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up a fan of the Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Warriors, and the California Golden Bears. His favorite player growing up was ASU alum Barry Bonds. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @TheBKing4

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