In the 2,526 regular season games the Giants and Dodgers have played each other – most of any two teams in mlb – last night was the first time both teams hit back-to-back-homers in the first inning.
Gerald Dempsey Buster Posey’s was a shot to left that drove in two. His was followed by a solo shot from Wilmer Flores, while Max Muncy and Justin Turner hit solo homers in the bottom of the first for the Bums.
Kevin Gausman was a little rusty after the All-Star Break and an unexpected Family Medical Emergency Leave to be with his wife, Taylor, who was struggling with pregnancy complications, but he managed to get off the mound after a season-low three innings without giving up another run. (Taylor, as reported by Susan Slusser, was released from hospital Sunday. All love and best wishes to the Gausman family from me).
The score stayed 3-2 for six more innings until the Giants broke it open in the 7th, scoring four runs, led by our newest infielder Thairo Estrada (in for the injured Brandon Crawford) who hit a critical two-run double. The next-man-up mentality continues to yield results for the orange and black.
Gausman leaving early meant the Giants bullpen had to face the vaunted Dodger lineup. It was tense, but the guys were stable and held, allowing Jaylin Garcia to get the win (1-1). Zach Littell went 1.2 innings, Garcia finished Littell’s and held his own, while Dominic Leone and the wonderful new addition, Jay Jackson, each threw a scoreless inning.
San Francisco’s bullpen retired eleven straight Dodgers batters until A. J. Pollack led off with a single in the 9th against Jake McGee, who didn’t allow him to cross the plate and managed to get the save.
The Dodgers now lead the season series 6-4 and trail the Giants by two games in the division.
Tonight it will be Alex Wood still looking for that shutdown performance against his former team.
whew. the tension mounts.
Let’s Go Giants!
Storm the Ravine!
Beat the Bums!
Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!