By: Alfonso Diccion
The Giants swept the Dodgers this weekend, as I predicted in my Division Rivals Preview article on Friday.
On Friday, May 3, the Giants faced the Dodgers in game one of a three game series. Giants sent Barry Zito to the hill and Dodgers sent Clayton Kershaw to the hill. As I said in my other article, it would be a good pitching match-up, and it was. Both pitchers played their hearts out and it was an exciting game to watch. Dodgers only scored one run in the fifth, off of Zito, and it was a Nick Punto single to send home Clayton Kershaw. Giants came out the next inning swinging the bats; Buster Posey hit a double to bring in Marco Scutaro to make it a 1-1 game. Both bullpens did a great job pitching after the starters left the game. Sergio Romo came in for Santiago Casilla in the ninth and pitched a lights out game. On the bottom of the ninth, Dodgers make a pitching change and put in Ronald Belisario to replace Kenley Jansen to face Buster Posey. It was a 1-1 count on Posey, Belisario pitched a curveball and Posey hits a line drive walk-off homer to left field. Giants win 1-2.
In game two, on Saturday May 4, it was Ted Lilly vs Ryan Vogelsong. It was a great game to watch if you’re a patient person, because it went back and forth each inning. Both teams combine to get 30 hits all together and that’s a lot for just one game. It was a tie, 9-9 until the ninth when Brandon League gave up a walk-off solo homer to Guillermo Quiroz in the tenth to make the Giants win 10-9. That homer was Quiroz’s first homer as a Giant and in the big leagues.
In game three, on Sunday May 5, it was Hyun-Jin-Ryu vs Matt Cain. That pitching match-up was a good match-up, but Cain had a better outing. Cain lasted seven innings and Ryu only lasted six and a half innings. If you were looking for a type of game like the first two, it didn’t happen because there were no homers hit this game. Cain was shutting out the Dodgers, and the Giants were hitting the ball, until the eighth when Casilla came in and gave up three runs, to make it a 3-4 game. Romo came out for the save, and Giants complete the sweep with the score of 3-4.