By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – It was a good ole fashion duel until the ninth inning. There was a time when this used to be a battle between two Cy Young Awards winners. Instead, Clayton Kershaw faced Chad Gaudin who matched the southpaw pitch for pitch.
It was a pretty good outing for the right-handed pitcher considering he just came off the disabled list. However, it wasn’t good enough for the win as the Giants lost 4-1 to the Dodgers.
“A huge play,” said Kershaw. “He covered so much ground. I wasn’t sure he’d get there.”
Clayton was referring to the hit that sealed their victory when catcher A.J. Ellis’ three-run single opened the offense behind his superb pitching.
“Once again we ran into a well-pitched game against Kershaw,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “One of the best, and he shut us down again.”
After tossing eight innings, yielding one earned run on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Clayton had no worries when his offense backed him with hits in the ninth. Yasiel Puig leadoff the frame with a single. Adrian Gonzalez followed with an infield single off first baseman Buster Posey’s glove.
Posey then threw to second and the ball rolled into left field allowing Puig to advance to third. Closer Sergio Romo issued an intentional walk to Andre Either and struck out Juan Uribe. Ellis three-run RBI was the nail in the coffin.
“With Sergio right there, you know what his bread and butter is,” said A.J. “You know he was trying to throw a slider. Unfortunately for me and for the team, I found a ball that I could hit.”
Gaudin in his fifth start this season was just reinstated off the disable list with a right elbow contusion. It was a great start, he allowed one earned run on four hits, one intentional walk with a season-high nine strikeouts. The last time he had nine-or-more strikeouts in a game was June 28, 2009 at Texas with the Padres.
“He was good and gave us what we needed,” Bochy said. “It was an impressive outing, especially with the layoff he had, but he was really locating well, threw strikes, looked sharp, showed no effects on the arm and really did a nice job to give us a chance to win.”
Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games in the second when he leadoff with a triple. Andre Either followed with a RBI single to score the only run for Los Angeles at the time.
The Giants responded in the third with a leadoff double from catcher Guillermo Quiroz. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and a play later Andres Torres hit a sacrifice fly to score in Quiroz to tie the game 1-1.
San Francisco did not score after that, they now fall 6 1/2 games behind Arizona who sits atop the division. They are now 1-2 on this current six game homestead. The New York Mets are up next for a three-game series and the Giants hope to stay close in this race.