Rapid Reaction: Giants 2, Dodgers 1
April, 16, 2014
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers lost another maddening, one-run game at AT&T Park on Wednesday night, but it was nothing like the pain they could be feeling if their best hitter is out for an extended period of time once again.
Hanley Ramirez was hit in the left hand by a 90-mph Ryan Vogelsong pitch and appeared to be in considerable pain before he was removed from the game. Initial X-rays proved negative, though Ramirez probably will undergo further tests.
The Dodgers' fortunes rose and fell on Ramirez's health last season, with the team riding his hot bat to its historic 42-8 June-to-August run that thrust them back in the playoff picture after a dismal start.
How it happened: It was another tight, hard-fought game between the two rivals until Vogelsong's pitch tailed in hard on Ramirez, who was diving in and unable to get out of the way. Ramirez slammed his batting helmet to the ground and left the field with trainer Stan Conte.
Not long after that, San Francisco scored the go-ahead run on Pablo Sandoval's two-out RBI single in the seventh.
Hits: Paul Maholm had been put in a difficult spot since the first day of spring training.
He wasn't sure if he'd be starting or relieving and, once the season began, got sporadic work. But paired with Josh Beckett's work the night before, he gave the Dodgers a little more reason to feel OK about the back of the rotation. Maholm pitched six strong innings, holding the Giants to one run and five hits.
Misses: Matt Kemp's game has been erratic since he came off the disabled list. He has had some big games, but he also has had some embarrassing moments. He had a couple in about a 15-minute span in the first two innings. Kemp called off Carl Crawford and caught Hunter Pence's drive to left-center, but then he dropped it for a two-base error. The next inning, Kemp was picked off first base, a call upheld after a video review.
Stat of the game: The Dodgers came into the game leading the majors with 20 stolen bases and had been caught only four times, but they botched a hit-and-run in the third inning and Juan Uribe was out by five feet, denting their early running success.
Up next: Two of the best left-handed pitchers in the National League take the mound for a 12:45 p.m. game at AT&T Park, the series finale. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 2.57 ERA) has been outstanding in three of his four starts and Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 3.31 ERA) is San Francisco’s clear-cut ace