Rapid Reaction: Giants 3, Dodgers 1 (10)
May, 8, 2014
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- The West Coast's best baseball rivalry is alive and well, but it has been tilted to the north so far. The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in 10 innings at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night and have won five of the seven meetings between the teams this season.
How it happened: The game was deftly pitched until reliever Jamey Wright entered with one out and one on in the 10th then couldn't find the strike zone. Wright walked a pair of batters before allowing a sacrifice fly and a Brandon Belt RBI single.
By that time, the starting pitchers, Ryan Vogelsong and Josh Beckett, had been out of the game for a while, but they set a stingy early tone.
Hits: Beckett (0-1) probably deserves a win one of these days. He hasn't gotten once since Sept. 13, 2012. Thursday's was his fifth no-decision in six starts. Nevertheless, he has turned back the clock to 2011 with his pitching. Beckett has given up two runs or fewer and five hits or fewer in four of his six starts.
He labored early, walking three batters in the first two innings and, as his pitch count mounted, it looked as if he would be in for a short evening. But he got more efficient and was able to get into the seventh inning for the third consecutive start.
All his hard work unraveled, though, when he hung a curveball to Brandon Hicks and it wound up sailing over the left-field wall in the seventh inning.
Misses: Adrian Gonzalez turned 32 Thursday, but the gift of snapping out of his funk eluded him. Gonzalez batted .188 on the nine-game trip the Dodgers just finished and he went 0-for-4 and hit into a double play Thursday. Gonzalez was one of the few Dodgers hitters who had a productive April, but the month of May has proven unkind. Gonzalez hit into the Giants' shift three times.
Stat of the game: Dee Gordon stole his 21st base in the seventh inning. That's more than 12 major-league teams.
Up next: Of the four games, Friday looks to be the most favorable pitching matchup for the Giants, who send ace Madison Bumgarner (3-3, 3.18 ERA) to the mound opposite the Dodgers' fill-in starter, Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.70). The game starts at 7:10 p.m.