Clayton Kershaw improved to 2-0 with a seven-inning, 3 ER (0 BB / 6 Ks) performance to hold the Giants in check at the Ravine. Madison Bumgarner was bested by the usual suspects...no, scratch that--he was solidly beaten by Kike Hernandez (TWO HR and a double, 4 RBI) and Charlie Culberson (2-for-4 with 3 RBI). Hernandez, who homered on the first pitch of the game, also laid out for a sweet catch on a Oyster Pubes fly ball to short left for the out. Bumgarner yielded 8 H and 7 R (4 ER) over a paltry five innings, thanks to those unusual offensive powerhouses. But hey, I'll take it!
Even more amazing was the fact that Chris Hatcher and Joe Blanton didn't fail to hold Kershaw's start. Each had scoreless innings of relief. Wow.
This was the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's MLB debut. What better way to celebrate than a win over the Giants that gives us sole possession of first place in the division.