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Giants 7, Dodgers 4: Please Make The Extra Innings Stop

Kershaw0511

Despite some late heroics, the Dodgers couldn’t capitalize on another great start by Clayton Kershaw and dropped the series finale against the Giants by a score of 7-4. The loss drops the Dodgers to 20-19 overall and puts them back to 4.5 games behind the Giants.

At first, the game continued the Dodgers’ ongoing offensive frustration with runners in scoring position. Andre Ethier hit a double with two outs in the second inning and did not score. In the third inning, Drew Butera reached second with one out after a Kershaw sacrifice bunt and did not score. In the fifth inning, Ethier doubled down the right field line and was moved to third on a Justin Turner ground ball out. Drew Butera grounded to a drawn-in Brandon Hicks. Ethier, who was moving on first contact, was thrown out at the plate. For good measure, Butera was stranded at second to end the inning.

Finally, the Dodgers broke through against Tim Hudson in the sixth. Yasiel Puig hit a solo shot into the left field bullpen. Hanley Ramirez, fighting a slump, “doubled” under two infield gloves, then Adrian Gonzalez singled to drive him in, finally giving the Dodgers a hit with runners in scoring position. Later in the inning, Gonzalez was cut down at the plate trying to score from second on a single, ending the rally.

Hudson didn’t miss many bats today, but he did an excellent job keeping the ball on the ground. He only allowed two fly balls all afternoon, including Puig’s home run. He went six innings, striking out two batters and walking one intentionally.

On the other side of the ball, Clayton Kershaw was Clayton Kershaw… for the most part. He went seven innings, striking out nine batters and walking zero. He also did this:


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That’s a 60mph eephus pitch which completely befuddled Angel Pagan.

However, the Giants were able to scratch out three runs against Kershaw, including two in the seventh. Pablo Sandoval somehow singled on a ball which was about six inches off the ground. Kershaw got ahead of Brandon Hicks 0-2, and threw him a curveball. Hicks hit a home run on the pitch. That’s the first time that Kershaw has ever allowed a home run on his curve during the regular season, according to Fangraphs (though apparently there are some classification issues). Baseball.

After today’s start, Kershaw has 25 strikeouts and 1 walk this year, which gives him a 1.44 FIP and 1.55 xFIP. The three runs allowed raised Kershaw’s ERA to 1.74. Chris Withrow allowed another Giant run in the eighth and Jamey Wright threw a scoreless ninth.

However, the Dodgers fought back at the last possible second. After striking out Miguel Olivo, Sergio Romo allowed a double to Dee Gordon. He then struck out Puig, who almost worked back from an 0-2 count. With two outs, Hanley Ramirez stepped up to the plate hit a two run line drive home run to tie the score at four. After Gonzalez grounded out to second, the Dodgers needed extra innings for the tenth time this year.

Kenley Jansen, tasked with pitching the tenth inning, had a difficult time to say the least. After a leadoff walk, one line drive, another walk, and a few balls which failed to find gloves, he allowed two runs and only got one out before being removed for J.P. Howell. A third run (charged to Jansen) scored on a wild pitch which Olivo should have caught. The outing raised Jansen’s xFIP to 2.16, and his BABIP to .452. His control looked off today, but this season hasn’t been anywhere close to the disaster that some people consider it to be.

The Dodgers brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the tenth, but the damage was done. Mercifully, the Dodgers won’t play the Giants again until late July. Tomorrow, the Marlins come into town to face Dan Haren, who will be the subject of a long post in the morning.


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.


293 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Call up Seager, move Hanley to third, DFA Carl, call up Joc, trade Ethier for a proven closer and demote Kenley. 

it's that easy. 

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

jUst had interview #2 via skype...I think it went well...I should hear something back in the next couple of days...then, who knows?

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Up until this season I always felt the Dodgers could win in extra innings. Even during the bad times in 2010-2011.

It seems like Game 1 of last year's NLCS did sonething to them, like they can't shake it, like they freeze as a team in extras.

It could also be said they're playing "not to lose", versus "playing to win". You hear those terms thrown around with sports.

Its highly likely though that I am full of shit.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

At least I was able to push the inevitable work trip to Indianapolis from February (when it was initially scheduled) to the end of this month. I think I liked business trips better when they were to New Orleans though.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Disgruntled Goat  

It actually looks good on paper.  The most problematic point of your thesis is DFA'ing Carl.....Oh, and calling up Seager.....and moving Hanley to 3rd...and....and....

DBrim
DBrim moderator

10 minutes.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello  

Mike, the bench is a liability.  Neither Turner, nor Figgins can hit, or field their positions very well.  At this point I can't see how it will hurt the team, or Guerrero for that matter if he comes up for a cup of coffee, or even breakfast.  I'll take Guerrero's bat.....For me, one of the best ways to solve the bullpen issues is to score more runs.  At the very least, we can use another good bat off the bench, as SVS is the only one.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Ugh.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim  i've been to Indy like 5 times for three unrelated reasons, somehow. Snoooooooze city.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

How is the dirt so clean?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Lots of baseball reading to fit in today

Lobo
Lobo

@Deep Cuts  Where are you seeing this?  I don't see anything about it on TBLA or twitter

DBrim
DBrim moderator

This will be my third and there will probably be a fourth in July. At least this time won't be by bus.

KMT59
KMT59

@DBrim  warmer than grass plastic or metal

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello @Lobo  

and the shifts are working, he's hitting several weak ground balls to the left side.  He'll adjust....he's the least of our worries.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello @moneynow27  @Lobo  

I'm not sure what's happened to his pitch selection lately.  Notice how no one is pitching him middle in right now.....he's seeing a lot of change ups and outside corner sliders.  

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Bus trips were for robotics. The annual "all-star game" of sorts is in Indianapolis.

Haikairu
Haikairu

@DBrim  They aren't different types of clay are they?

Haikairu
Haikairu

@DBrim  That... is a good question. The grass bit makes sense though.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Why only salt the infield dirt and no mound, track, etc?

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Deep Cuts  "That makes Guerrero the most likely option to be recalled should the Dodgers to decide to place Uribe on the disabled list, which they can do retroactively to Friday so Uribe could be activated as early as May 24. Guerrero didn't play for Albuquerque on Sunday, which could mean something or might not mean anything at all."

"strongly believes" may not mean what you think it means.

The Shocker (shooting ropes)
The Shocker (shooting ropes)

Re: A Guerrero: it's contained in the post about Uribe. Look towards the bottom. The author strongly believes that Guerrero is to be called up today.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrim  I agree. I just don't see the fit. Gordon has earned the right to play, and even if you want to bench him against LHP, recalling Guerrero to the short side of a platoon is dumb

DBrim
DBrim moderator

My guess is "nothing" because calling up Guerrero doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

@Mike Petriello @Lobo@Deep Cuts I think he's reading the post about the waiting game with Uribe. There's a part in the bottom that says that Guerrero didn't play on Sunday and speculates that it could mean something or it could be mean nothing.