It's another unlikely(-ish) hero for the Dodgers' offense today, as Joc Pederson, who had been struggling with a .242 average when play begin, launched a two-run HR in the fifth against Jeff Samardzija to give Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers the victory. Maeda allowed a third-inning solo HR to Joe Panik, but went a strong seven innings with only four hits (3 BB, 7 Ks) to earn the victory and move to 2-0 on the season.
Speaking of Samardzija, whose name I never tire of typing: I was able to watch the last three innings of the game, so I want to detail this play-by-play which was awesome. Samardzija, an off-season pickup by San Francisco, dropped to 1-1 with his six-inning performance, in which he was asked to bat with one out and a man on first in the top of the seventh inning with the Giants down 2-1. Samardzija ground bunted into a double play to end the inning.
Samardzija then faced three batters in the seventh inning without notching a single out. That first batter of the bottom of the seventh, Yasiel Puig, singled to center, stole second, and then scored on a infield grounder by Yasmani Grandal that Brandon Crawford bobbled, but was still probably not a smart move for Puig try to score--but Oyster Pubes couldn't hold the ball for his swipe tag, and Puig crossed home, but with the ball rolling around behind home plate, Puig stepped on home plate and gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Samarzija then walked Howie Kendrick before being yanked. Samardzija, Samardzija, Samardzija.
Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-2 and scored a run. Dodgers go back up in the NL West by a half-game on the Rockies, who inched in front of the Giants for second place in the NL West.