Joc Pederson and Justin Turner led the Dodgers to victory over the Giants tonight. It took some time for the Dodgers offense to get going, and for a while it seemed as if the Giants would have overtaken the Dodgers. However, two dingeers from Pederson and Turner prevented a repeat of the series in San Francisco.
Brett Anderson performed well until he didn’t going only 4.2 innings. Anderson kept the Giants scoreless through four frames, giving up only three hits until the wheels fell off. Overall, through the four innings he pitched, Anderson gave up 5 hits, 3 runs, and 2 walks, while only tallying 3 strikes. The 27 year old lefty has yet to find his stride.
Making up for Anderson’s struggles, both the offense and defense showed up for the Dodgers tonight. In the top of the first, Joc Pederson made spectacular catch off of a deeply hit ball in center field.http://streamable.com/e/m58y(Courtesy of Dodgers Digest)I guarantee that is a ball that soars over Matt Kemp’s head. And if that catch is made, the double play does not happen. LUV U JOC!
Regression reared its ugly head and devoured Tim Lincecum in bottom of the third as the Dodgers strung together a few hits to put some runs on the board. Andre Ethier – who is sporting a 1.040 OPS – started the inning with a walk. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single that put men on the corners. Howie Kendrick continued his production with a single that brought Ethier home and put Gonzalez on third. After advancing to second on a throwing error, Kendrick found his way to third after a Scott Van Slyke single. Juan Uribe added to the party by tacking on an RBI single that brought Kendrick home. After his first inning heroics, Joc Pederson reminded Dodgers Stadium who their new beloved center fielder is with a RBI double.
The game remained firmly in the Dodgers favor until the top of the fifth. After getting two outs, Brett Anderson walked Brandon Crawford and gave up two hits, cutting the Dodgers lead by two. Don Mattingly, seeing the game slip from the team, pulled Anderson for Carlos Frias. Frias gave up a single to Angel Pagan, bringing the Giants within one, before ending the inning.
The game remained scoreless thanks to shutout innings by Adam Liberatore and Yimi Garcia. Speaking of Garcia, according to Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
But whatever, because Twitter has its bullpen concerns.
The Dodgers are now 12-7 and remain in first place. Tomorrow, Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers while the Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to face off against the Dodgers.