Dodgers 2, Giants 0 – LA sweeps doubleheader from Frisco

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While Game 2 of the doubleheader was closer than Game 1, the Dodgers still came away with a 2-0 on Thursday evening against the Giants in San Francisco.

After a nice 7-run outburst earlier in the day, the Dodgers could muster just two runs — but it proved to be enough.

The Dodgers got on the board in the second inning, when Joc Pederson launched a no-doubter to center field off Kevin Gausman.

The Dodgers’ other run came in the fourth inning off a Will Smith double, which immediately followed a Pederson double.

The game featured just five hits between the two teams. Caleb Ferguson got the start as the opener and pitched a scoreless first. Six other pitchers combined to allow just two hits and issue three walks to the Giants over the final six innings of the game.

The most impressive pitching performance of the night was by left-hander Victor Gonzalez: 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. He threw 18 of his 23 pitches for strikes and got three ground ball outs. The 24-year-old has been excellent in four outings.

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Scott Alexander got in trouble in the sixth, as he walked two hitters. Blake Trienen relieved him and was able to strike out Wilmer Flores on a nasty sinker and got Evan Longoria to ground out to Max Muncy to end the Giants’ threat.

Kenley Jansen began the seventh by allowing a bunt single to Brandon Belt. He proceeded to strike out three of the last four batters to get his eighth save of the season.

Gavin Lux‘s return to the majors was short-lived.

The Dodgers move to 24-9 on the season, while the Giants fall to 15-18. Dustin May gets the start on Friday in his home state of Texas against the Rangers. He’ll be opposed by Mike Minor. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Pacific time from Globe Life Field.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.