Dodgers 6, Giants 5: Bellinger’s grand slam (barely) powers Dodgers over Giants

The Dodgers made it closer than it needed to be, but they took down Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 6-5.


After a couple uneventful innings, Bumgarner helped the Dodgers break it open in the third. Russell Martin led off the inning with a nubber back to MadBum, who threw low and allowed Martin to reach on an error. He then walked Hyun-Jin Ryu on four pitches to bring up Enrique Hernandez, who singled in Martin. A pop-out and single loaded the bases for Cody Bellinger, who did this.

Each pitcher cruised until the sixth inning, when Ryu allowed a single to Gerardo Parra. He then piped a fastball to Bumgarner, who destroyed it to make it 5-2. A couple weak singles made things stressful, but Ryu got Evan Longoria and Buster Posey to end the threat. Ryu remained in for the seventh and allowed a leadoff single, but got Yangervis Solarte to roll into a double play. A chopper ended the seventh, making Ryu the first Dodger starter this season to complete seven innings.

Nick Vincent relieved Bumgarner in the seventh and was greeted by a Martin double. Alex Verdugo then blooped a single and took second on an overthrow. Steven Duggar made a great diving catch to rob Justin Turner of a two-run single, but Martin tagged up and scored on the play. I prefer when the Giants had terrible defensive outfielders.

Caleb Ferguson was the first man out of the bullpen. He allowed a two-out single, but struck out Brandon Belt to end the inning. With a four-run lead, Yimi Garcia came in for the ninth inning. He allowed a double to Longoria to leadoff the inning and then walked Posey on four pitches, resulting in a save situation for Kenley Jansen.

Jansen started by inducing a ground ball to first. Max Muncy had a chance for a double play, but bobbled the ball. He tried to get the out at first, but the ball popped out of Jansen’s glove, giving the Giants bases loaded with no one out. Jansen then walked Solarte to bring in a run and make it 6-3. He struck out Joe Panik for the first out, but Parra singled to make it 6-5. With runners on the corners, Pablo Sandoval pinch hit and bounced into a double play to end the game and save my recap.


The Dodgers even up the series with the rubber match tomorrow. Ross Stripling starts for the Dodgers, who will face a third-straight lefty in Derek Holland.

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I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.