Yasiel Puig introduced himself to Madison Bumgarner in loud fashion, taking a 1-1 slider on the outside corner and lining a bullet into the field boxes just to the fair side of the right field foul pole.
Watching the game on T.V., fans could see the cameras flash first to the Dodger dugout where high fives and celebrations and smiles marked the occasion. Just as quickly, cameras panned to Tim Lincecum in the Giants’ dugout.
If the look on Lincecum’s face told a story, it was “woah. I don’t think I want to pitch to that guy.”
The Giants managed their lone run on an Andres Torres double that deflected off Juan Uribe’s glove.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner lived up to their billings, with Ryu spreading a run and a smattering of hits over 6 2/3 and Bumgarner leaving the game with runners on the corner and no one out in the bottom of the 8th with Yasiel Puig coming up. Ryu dropped his ERA to 2.85 in picking up the no-decision Bumgarner winds up taking the loss, dropping his record to 7-5 on the season, his ERA falling a touch from 3.25 to 3.20 in the process.
With George Kontos on the mound, Puig hit one of the softest balls he’s hit so far in his career, but one of the largest in terms of what it represented. The chopper got past shortstop Brandon Crawford, scoring Nick Punto from third to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. When Kenley Jansen closed the game out, it marked the first time since the Dodgers swept the Pirates in the second series of the season that the team has managed to register a three game winning streak.
Hanley Ramirez provided an insurance run with his hard liner off Brandon Crawford’s glove with runners on second and third with one out.
Kenley Jansen managed to strike out three batters in the ninth, but experienced an odd anomaly where doing so did not result in striking out the side. With one out, the ball got past A.J. Ellis, allowing Tony Abreu to arrive safely at first before a flyout and a game-ending strikeout of Marco Scutaro wrapped up the victory for the Dodgers
Stephen Fife (1-2, 3.25 ERA) goes up against Mike Kickham (0-1, 15.43 ERA) tomorrow night at Dodger Stadium, a 7:10 p.m. start time in Los Angeles.