The Dodgers, rested from their day off yesterday, began tonight's game with some sparks, with Yasiel Puig tripling and Adrian Gonzalez knocking him in for the 1-0 lead. Little did we know what this would augur.
The fifth inning is where the Dodgers opened up the can of whup-ass, mostly on Tim Lincecum:
- Zack Greinke with a one-out single.
- Dee Gordon RBI triple to center. 2-0 Dodgers.
- Puig RBI triple to center. 3-0 Dodgers.
- A-Gon RBI single to right. 4-0 Dodgers.
- Hanley Ramirez single to left; Lincecum chased after 4.1 IP.
- With Juan Gutierrez pitching, Carl Crawford lines to first for the second out.
- Matt Kemp with a 2-RBI triple to right. 6-0 Dodgers.
- Juan Uribe flies to left, to end the inning. 6-0 Dodgers.
That's right, a three-triple inning for the Dodgers. And in fact, Puig himself had an incredible three-triple night: a triple triple. Puig went 4-for-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI--11 TB (three triples and a double)--in his first career start in center field. Maybe that's a good spot for him?
The Dodgers had 15 hits tonight, with no HR. A.J. Ellis, Carl Crawford, and Juan Uribe each went 0-for-5. Speaking of lame performances, Paul Maholm is still trainwreckian, giving up three hits and a walk in the ninth inning, and allowing the Giants to get on the board.
And our starter, Zack Greinke? Just another 10-K evening, 7.0 scoreless innings pitched, with only one walk. In fact, Greinke recorded the Dodgers' fourth all-time 4-K inning, when (in the third inning), Greinke Kd Hector Sanchez swinging, Tim Lincecum looking, and Hunter Pence swinging but the ball escaped Ellis and Pence reached first safely; so, Greinke struck out Gregor Blanco who was thrown out at first for the fourth and final out. Great night for Zack and Puig, and for the start to this three-game series!
credit to SoSG Nomo for the PGT photo idea! Thanks, Gnomes!