By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers were at AT&T Park they were swept by the Giants and in last place in the National League West Division.
Tonight they returned to the ball park and this time San Francisco holds the last spot in the division while the Dodgers have soared since the addition off Yasiel Puig in June.
But, the guy that sparked Los Angeles 8-1 win over the Giants was former San Francisco player Juan Uribe. He not only knocked Matt Cain out of the game but was the first player to ever drive in five runs in one game off Cain who lasted only 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since September 22, 2009 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“We’re getting tested,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Hopefully you get stronger when you’re tested. This is a strong group. When you go through a period like this, it’s been awhile, but you have to remember what they’ve done.”
After a great start, Matt allowed no runners on base in the first frame. In the second he loaded the bases with two free passes and a single to Andre Either with no outs. A.J. Ellis flew out to right fielder Hunter Pence who threw home to prevent Hanley Ramirez from scoring. But what the Giants couldn’t stop was Uribe’s two-run double to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
“They hit a ball we couldn’t handle and that opened the floodgates,” said Bochy.
Cain got himself into another jam surrendering two RBI singles to both Ramirez and Ellis. He then loaded the bases again and this time Juan cleared them with a three-run triple. Six runs in one inning and Matt’s night on the mound ended.
“We didn’t fool him [Uribe] at all today,” Matt said. “I wish I could tell you, but I don’t know. I got ahead of guys, but just couldn’t finish them off.”
San Francisco got a 1-0 lead in the first when Andres Torres leadoff the inning with an infield single. Los Angeles pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu gave a free pass to Buster Posey to set up Pence’s ground out to score in Torres. After that the Giants offense disappeared along with their pitching.
The injuries have taken a toll on San Francisco and there’s not much they can do about it. Just shy of the cycle Juan blasted a two-run homer to left field in the seventh. Uribe tied his career-high of seven RBI’s since June 19, 2004 when he was with the Chicago White Sox.
“I remember that game very well,” said Juan. “When you do well you always remember, but I know I had a good game tonight. I’m happy, more happy because we won the game.”
Brandon Belt leadoff the seventh with a double and Bobby Abreu’s RBI single gave the Giants another run. But that did nothing for the offense which fell flat after that. In 6 2/3 innings Ryu dominated San Francisco with two runs on four hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
“They’re [Dodgers] taking advantage of when they get guys in scoring position,” said Cain. “When things are good, that’s what happens.”
Note – Dodgers center-fielder Matt Kemp is listed day-to-day with a left shoulder AC joint irritation. He left the game after his first at-bat in the second inning.
“I’ve never felt anything like pain I experienced on the swing at the plate,” Kemp said.
“It’s a lot better than it could’ve been,” said Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly. “It’s an irritation of the acromioclavicular joint, a cortisone injection and day-to-day.