The Dodgers were looking for a three game sweep after throwing their 2 top pitchers (Grienke and Kershaw) the first two games. Ryu started Sunday Night’s ESPN game vs. newly acquired Jake Peavy who has a 14-2 record and 2.21 ERA vs. the Dodgers in his career in this critical game. The day couldn’t be more perfect for this 5pm start time and the crowd was buzzing. While the Dodgers took over first with their win last night, the Giants have been ailing of late and lost a big 10 game lead vs. their rivals from earlier this season. Many injuries have hurt the team including recent disabled list players (Cain, Scuturo, Pagan, Belt and Sanchez). Pitching has kept them in their and manager Bruce Bochy does a great job with this experienced team. The Dodgers have the talent but can they go farther in the playoffs? They are starting to heat up with their loaded lineup and pitching staff.
The Giants squandered leads twice before the Dodgers got 3 runs in the fifth inning including 2 botched plays by newly acquired Dan Uggla. He first let a grounder go through his legs and then couldn’t turn a double play fast enough to keep the inning going which didn’t help Peavy at all. Buster Posey pulled SF within one run with a HR over the left-field fence to make it 4-3. However, ex-Giant and now setup reliever Brian Wilson took care of the Giants in the 8th as he was booed and Kelsey Jansen closed out the game in the 9th as the Dodgers swept at beautiful AT&T Park. This race should come down to the wire for the Division Title while the second place team will hope to play for the wild card so every game counts as we get closer to the end of the season.