Dodgers fall to Giants 3-1, splitting season-opening series
7/26/20 Los Angeles, Ca - The Dodgers looked poised to sweep the series against the Giants winning the first two games with a combined 17-2 run total.
The Dodger offense wasn't able to score the runs shown in the first pair of games, tallying five runs in the final games of the series.
The Giants scored first in the top of the third inning when Darin Ruf singled to left-field and Mauricio Dubon scored giving them a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning after Mookie Betts scored on a single by Cody Bellinger.
During the top of the sixth inning, the Giants regained the lead 2-1 after Duban singled to left-field and Donovan Salano scored.
The Giants scored their final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning, making the score 3-1 after Solano knocked in Ruf.
"You've just got to give credit to those guys. They matched up well," manager Dave Roberts said. "They did a good job finding ways to scratch out runs."
Julio Urias received the starting pitcher nod for the Dodgers, going five-innings, and striking out three.
The underlying story of the game was Manager Dave Roberts's decision to not utilize any pinch hitters in prime spots to get the offense rolling.
The bases were loaded in the eighth, Kike Hernandez facing Giants pitcher Tyler Rodgers in a righty on righty situation was the moment built up for a pinch hitter to fill in capitalizing on the opportunity.
Roberts kept Kike in to face Rodgers, grounding out to third, squandering the opportunity.
"That would be the third time Kike has seen him in four nights", said Roberts. "So I think that familiarity would benefit us."
The Dodgers had Matt Beaty, Joc Pederson, and Edwin Rios available on the bench with all three hitting well against right-handed pitching.
The game was still up for grabs when the Dodgers had the bases loaded with two outs, down 3-1. But Roberts's decision was clear, no lineup move was needed in that situation.
During the postgame, Roberts said Kershaw threw 15 pitches off a mound Sunday and will travel with the team to Houston. Tuesday Kershaw is scheduled to throw a bullpen session where if all goes well he could return by next weekend.
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