Yasiel Puig hit a 2-run double and Clayton Kershaw won his 17th game of the year as the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers snapped an 11-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5-3 win over the arch-rival San Francisco Giants. In mid-May they were 22-18, solidly in third place in the National League West. Then they became the most terrifying team of the 21st century, going 69-18 in their next 87 games, winning close contests with such flair and poise that even Giants fans had to feel a twinge of awe.
Kershaw (17-3) surrendered just two runs (one earned) on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in six strong innings for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Turner doubled off of Derek Law, knocking in Chris Taylor along the way.
This is great, but it's also a measure of how far the team has dropped when everyone's excited over a single win, especially in a season where the Dodgers were supposed to be the best ever.
Two routine defensive plays didn't result in any outs in the Dodgers' decisive four-run fourth inning against San Francisco right-hander Johnny Cueto, who noted afterward that he didn't pitch well enough to criticize anyone else's performance.
As for the Dodgers, we all know what will make people (mostly) forget about this slump. "There was so much effort put into the last couple of nights".
The former Texas Rangers standout has never faced the Giants in his career.
Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. His slider, usually his go-to pitch, has not been as crisp as he expects it to be. Over that span, the Dodgers haven't been much better on the mound, either.
The Dodgers defeated the Giants with a final score of 5-3 and social media went off. Twitter felt like playoff atmosphere, with Kenley loading the bases and keeping things interesting in the bottom of the 9th. The Team That Couldn't Lose simply couldn't win.
It's just one win but everybody who loves this team will breathe easier knowing that the Boys in Blue have finally broken their losing streak. Once again, the team holding the best overall record does. It would be a perfect supporting role for the 2017 Giants. It was just one of those Bay Area nights that can't be captured unless you were there.
With every home run, walk-off hit and shutdown pitching performance, I cringed more and more. Since August 25, the team has gotten healthier, activating Trea Turner, Jayson Werth, and Max Scherzer back into the line-up.
"We got back to the hotel at 7 or 7:30 in the morning", he recalled.
The Dbacks have been nearly as good as the Nationals, with a Pythagorean record of 86-58 through Monday, just a game-and-a-half worse than the Nats' 87-56. If anything, the Dodgers should be playing harder now that the streak is over so as to prove that they can indeed still make a deep run. Major League Baseball made a scoring change in Friday's Giants game against the Chicago White Sox, crediting C Buster Posey with a steal of home in the sixth inning.
Manager Dave Roberts has started a pitcher on four days of rest only seven times in the second half of the season, down from 34 in the first half.
The Dodgers are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in San Francisco and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings. It's not like the Northern California guys have been pushovers.
A sacrifice fly by Calixte cut the Dodgers' lead to two.
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