Instant Replay: Giants fail to sweep Dodgers again

Instant Replay: Giants fail to sweep Dodgers again
April 17, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Yasiel Puig went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout hitting third for the Dodgers. (USATSI)


SAN FRANCISCO -- A sweep over the Dodgers would have been sensational. Doing it by beating Brian Wilson? Downright delicious.

But the kitchen closed before the Giants could flag down the help. Wilson pitched out of traffic by getting Buster Posey to fly out with two aboard in the eighth inning, Kenley Jansen gave up a run but protected the lead in the ninth and the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep while handing the Giants a 2-1 loss Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park.

The Giants couldn’t do much against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is unscored upon in 26 innings on the road this season. They finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and four of those at-bats belonged to Posey and Pablo Sandoval, who struck out when he couldn’t check his swing against Wilson in the eighth.

The Dodgers survived a very interesting game from Yasiel Puig in right field to reclaim a share of first place in the NL West.

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Starting pitching report

Madison Bumgarner has made four starts this season and he has recorded exactly one out after the sixth inning. This was not what he or the Giants anticipated.

Bumgarner (2-1) had another short outing as the Dodgers pestered him into deep counts while running him up to 99 pitches by the time Bruce Bochy came to get him with out out in the fifth.

The left-hander didn’t get a lot of help from the plate umpire either. Bumgarner and Seth Buckminster weren’t on the same page all day -- except in the phone book, maybe.

The Dodgers scored a run in the second inning, which began with a nine-pitch walk to Scott Van Slyke. Juan Uribe reached on an infield single and Tim Federowicz followed with a soft single to left field that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Van Slyke doubled in the fourth inning one pitch after Bumgarner didn’t get the call on a borderline 2-2 slider. Bumgarner threw an intentional ball to Juan Uribe after he didn’t get any calls on the first three pitches. He pitched around Federowicz, too, to load the bases before striking out Ryu (3-1) and Dee Gordon. The Dodgers didn’t score in the inning, but all those extra pitches might have cost Bumgarner in the fifth.

Justin Turner doubled and Adrian Gonzalez knocked Bumgarner from the game with an RBI single to put the Dodgers up 2-0. With a short bench, Bochy was compelled to double-switch.

Bullpen report

Yusmeiro Petit induced a double-play grounder from Matt Kemp to escape the fifth and Jeremy Affeldt, making his season debut, flashed nasty stuff in two shutout innings. Posey did not have an easy time catching him.

At the plate

After starting the season 17-for-38 (.447) with runners in scoring position over the first five games, the Giants’ crust has cooled. They are just 18-for-90 (.200) over their last 11 games.

At least the Giants finally got their first hit off Wilson, after the current roster entered 0-for-16 against him. Ehire Adrianza, who entered as part of the Bumgarner double switch, already had one hit in the game -- his first since Opening Day -- before doubling off Wilson in the eighth. But Sandoval and Posey couldn’t come through after Hunter Pence drew a walk.

Adrianza made it 3-for-3 off the bench when he dunked an RBI single to left field off Jansen in the ninth. He became the first Giant to come off the bench and get three hits since Nate Schierholtz in 2011.

The hit scored Brandon Belt, who reached on a fielder’s choice after Michael Morse had gotten on base because of a wild third strike. Gregor Blanco drew a walk to put the tying run on base, and after Adrianza’s hit, pinch hitter Brandon Crawford represented the winning run. But he flied out to deep left field to end it.

In field

Yasiel Puig provided a self summary in a two-batter span in the second inning. First, he reminded that nonchalant and boneheaded are both 10-letter words when he tried a side-saddle catch of Brandon Hicks’ fly ball and dropped it. Then he used his strong arm to recover, throwing a laser to second base to force Brandon Belt, who had to hold.

Blanco followed with a deep drive to right field and Puig got turned around. But with his back to the infield, he reached across his body to make the post-route catch.

Puig used his speed again in the eighth, ranging far to catch Joaquin Arias’ bloop to shallow center.


The Giants announced 42,890 paid. Wilson’s reception … well, it was not mixed.

Up next

The Giants hit the road for a six-game trip to San Diego and Colorado that begins Friday at Petco Park. Matt Cain (0-2, 4.00 ERA) takes the mound against Padres right-hander Tyson Ross (1-2, 3.12). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PDT. It’ll be Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.35) vs. left-hander Eric Stults (0-2, 5.52) on Saturday and Tim Lincecum (0-1, 7.20) vs. left-hander Robbie Erlin (1-1, 3.18) on Sunday.