I seem to recall noise about the Dodgers playing our arch-rivals recently, but honestly I never heard what the outcome was; this is commonplace for Giants games, as their fan base registers the lowest championship television ratings of all time. So maybe they happened? All I know is, the Dodgers entered the week in first place in the NL West.
And, against a backdrop of a continued rash of injury news (this time to Brandon McCarthy, whose dividend payouts from his $48M deal will not start to harvest until sometime next year, at the earliest), the Dodgers busted out the whuppin' sticks and mashed the Giants at home, 8-3. It was the Dodgers' eighth-consecutive win at the Stadium.
And that win was powered by Joc Pederson, both offensively (2-for-3 with 2 RBI, involving a double and a HR) and defensively (a highlight-reel catch in the first inning to make an over-the-shoulder Angel Pagan fly ball, then a rocket back to relay man Jimmy Rollins to double off Nori Aoki from first. The HR was significant, only a solo shot but after the score had gotten to 4-3 LA, to give us breathing room. Justin Turner extended the lead to 8-3 with a three-run HR in the eighth, extinguishing any SF hope.
Bumgarner / Kershaw round 2, tomorrow!
photo from SoSG AC, taken at tonight's game