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Giants 3, Dodgers 1: Brandon’d To Death

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The Dodgers continued their frustrating stretch tonight, dropping the contest by a score of 3-1. The team has lost six of their last eight games and cannot seem to beat the Giants this year.

Paul Maholm, tonight’s starter, continued to look very shaky. After hitting Brandon Belt with a pitch in the second inning (which broke Belt’s thumb, unfortunately), Maholm retired ten batters in a row. But then, more Brandons. Brandon Hicks walked, then Brandon Crawford hit a home run, scoring the first two Giant runs. The Giants added another run in the sixth before Maholm was removed.

Maholm’s poor pitching is starting to become a big problem. Three runs in 5-2/3 innings isn’t terrible, but he had three swinging strikes in 102 pitches tonight. That is not a major league whiff rate. His two strikeouts (both looking) brought his K/9 total to 3.47. He has more walks than strikeouts (3.72 BB/9 after four walks tonight, one of which was intentional). Maholm’s ERA is now 4.71, but his FIP is 5.87 and his xFIP is 5.20. He’s the worst pitcher in baseball (minimum 30 innings). Hyun-jin Ryu can’t return a moment too soon.

Following Maholm’s removal, the Brandon League Redemption Tour continued. League got the final out in the sixth inning. He loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk in the seventh, but Hunter Pence hit into a 1-2-3 double play and Buster Posey flew out. League ended up pitching 2-1/3 innings, requiring only 29 pitches to do so. J.P. Howell added a scoreless ninth inning to cap off a good night for the bullpen.

Madison Bumgarner pitched well, but maybe not quite as well as his eight innings, eight strikeouts, and one walk would indicate. He left a lot of balls up, especially early in the game, and the Dodgers couldn’t capitalize despite hitting a barrage of long fly balls. The first six outs of the game were all to the outfield, five of which went to center fielder Angel Pagan.

Tensions began to erupt in the bottom of the sixth. Yasiel Puig put the only Dodger run on the board with a bomb to dead center field. He flipped his bat a bit and jogged somewhat slowly around the bases. Bumgarner yelled something at Puig as he crossed the plate. After play resumed, Don Mattingly was ejected for yelling from the dugout. Things quieted down after that, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this isn’t the end it. I hope it is, though.

Other than Puig’s home run, the offense couldn’t break through. Kemp lined two singles to left and Justin Turner added one hit, but that was it.

After tonight’s loss, the Dodgers are now 4-1/2 games back in the division. They’ll continue to search for a win against the Giants behind Zack Greinke tomorrow. Matt Cain will make his return from the disabled list for the Giants. The game will be on Fox Sports 1 (good news for those without SNLA) at 1:10PM Pacific Time.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


378 comments
Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

Wait, Jose Bautista is playing center?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

You get the feeling CC is pulling ahead of Ethier.

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Why did I scroll down? LOL

TROBOB
TROBOB

He's hot today, eh?

Lobo
Lobo

@Dustin Nosler I'd really like to see Hanley moved out of the 3 spot for a while

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Actually no :) But random naked guy nearly made me spit out my coffee laughing :D

PF Flyers
PF Flyers

@a potato @Dustin Nosler as long as the dodgers stop giving dee 4 plate appearances against maddy bumgarner, I'm okay with what Donnie runs out there

potato (2014 MSTY: Newcomer of the Year)
potato (2014 MSTY: Newcomer of the Year)

@Dustin Noslerat this point I don't think there's really such a massive difference between Matty and Hanley that would warrant moving HanRam all the way down to 5th. Kemp is still striking out over 30% of the time... Kinda weird how quickly we are all writing Hanley off, the guy is a career .300 hitter coming off one of the best seasons of his life. I suspect he'll be just fine.