Clayton Kershaw suffered his post-bobblehead-night hangover, unusually lasting only five innings and giving up four ER (1 BB, 6 Ks). Most of the pain came in the three-run fourth inning, where the first four Giants singled and Kershaw bled to death from a thousand paper cuts.
The Dodgers finally got to Cain, who had retired the first 12 batters, with a Kemp HR (his ninth) in the fifth. But despite following Kemp's HR with a Juan Uribe walk, a James Loney HBP, and a Jay Gibbons walk--and none out--Rod Barajas, inexplicably-summoned Juan Castro, and Jamey Carroll made sure we wouldn't score any of those baserunners.
And this is where the game seemed to turn. Seventh inning, Barajas scores Gibbons with an RBI double. And then the eighth inning: Carroll with a leadoff single, Aaron Miles worthless and Andre Ethier Ks, and then Kemp singles. And then--THEN, with two out!--Bruce Bochy summons Brian Wilson to pitch. Uribe doubles in Carroll and Kemp, Loney knocks in Uribe with a single to RF, and suddenly it's a tie game going to the ninth. A tie game! The Dodgers hadn't come back from four runs down all year long! This is it!
Except, it's not. These are the 2011 Dodgers, fortified with losers like Lance Cormier in the pen. A two-out, three-run HR to Cody "Rodeo Clown" Ross later, and this game is over. There is no furious comeback for the Dodgers, not tonight, and probably not this year.