But you know, it didn’t come easy.
The Giants three-game slide ended Saturday with a game that went into the bottom of the fifth without a Dodger hit. Or baserunner for that matter. Way to go Johnny Cueto. Not a bad Happy Birthday Bruce Bochy.
The Giants got the scoring started right away. Denard Span hit a single to open up the ballgame, moved ahead on a wild pitch and scored on Joe Panik’s ground ball single to left. They added on in the fourth when Hunter Pence led off with a walk, advanced to second on Brandon Belt’s walk, to third on Matt Duffy’s ground out and scored on Brandon Crawford’s ground rule double.
The Giants scored two more in the fifth—Giants style again—Panik led off with a double, Buster drew a walk, Pence hit a single, Brandon Belt hit a single—scoring Panik. The Dodgers changed pitchers and with it the Giants momentum. Matt Duffy hit into a double play, so no RBI even though it scored Buster. The Dodgers intentionally walked Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto struck out to end the inning.
Speaking of Johnny Cueto, he was masterful. The first four innings were perfect—not one hit, not one baserunner for the Dodgers. He gave up a double in the fifth, a walk in the sixth and finally allowed a run to score in the seventh. Javier Lopez took over in the eighth—he walked the first batter he faced and gave up a home run to the next one.
Santiago Casilla–Casillater–closed it out with a a little old fashioned Giants torture by giving up a double right away, making us move right to the edge of our seats, before retiring the rest of the side. The good news is it ended with a Buster hug.
The final score was: Giants 4, Dodgers 3
We wrap up the series tonight with Jeff Samardzija on the mound. The Giants will face the new Dodgers pitcher from Japan, who has pitched in two games for a total of 12 innings and still hasn’t given up a run. Time to get this pitcher some stats. Game time is 5:05 pm and you can watch the game on ESPN or listen on KNBR 680.