Scoring all eight of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers (46-36) snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants (38-44) on Friday.
That’s a bit of a relief after being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks to start the week, giving up 27 runs across three games in the process. Jeff Samardzija had a rough go of it in the fifth, with Joc Pederson, Julio Urias and Justin Turner recording consecutive RBI singles. With four runs home, a walk to Mookie Botts brought Samardzija’s day to an end.
Working 4 2/3 innings, Samardzija allowed five runs (three earned) on four walks and five hits. Trevor Cahill worked out of the jam in the fifth, but put himself in his own trouble in the sixth. Allowing five hits, including a double to Will Smith, Cahill finished his lone inning of work with five hits and three more runs allowed.
Turner and Botts each finished with three hits apiece, the former driving in three and the latter two, while Urias went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
“We’ll enjoy this win,” Turner said. “But there’s more we hope to accomplish.“
I’m fairly certain we have reached the point of repeating bad quotes.
As for the Giants’ offense, all of it came in the third against Urias. Wilmer Flores and Austin Slater each with an RBI, as no Giant recorded a multi-hit game. That includes Yasiel Puig, who is a Giant in our simulation because of course he is (Baseball Reference’s simulation also has him on the Giants, so maybe they should actually be signing him in reality, as much as that really would suck).
Puig’s hitting .301 for the Giants, but has just 4 homers and 26 RBIs, which would rank 9th at best on the Dodgers.
Urias finished up his day after 5 2/3 innings, allowing just the two runs on five hits and three walks. A surprisingly clean outing by the bullpen followed, courtesy of 1 1/3 innings from Richard Rodriguez and 2 innings from Joe Kelly, as the Giants went down without much trouble.