Dodgers-Giants: Tempers Flare in Series Finale, LA Falls 4-2 in 10 Inn.

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Dodgers-Giants: Tempers Flare in Series Finale, LA Falls 4-2 in 10 Inn.

The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to complete a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon, but Juan Uribe hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to down the Boys in Blue, 4-2.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum tossed a dominant 8 and 2/3 innings for the Giants (62-52) against the visiting Dodgers (69-46). The phenomenal right-hander struck out seven and allowed two runs on four hits.

Despite throwing 120 pitches and boasting a gaudy line, Lincecum left with nothing to show for it as the Dodgers never gave up and battled to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

Andre Ethier lashed a two-strike, two-out RBI single into right field to even the game at 2-2 and chase Lincecum from the mound.

Ethier, with a 2-for-4 effort today, is batting .367 (36-for-98) since July 19 and has 14 RBI in his past 13 games.

The Dodgers scored their first run off Lincecum in the sixth to pull to within one run at 2-1 when Juan Pierre pinch-hit and stroked a one-out triple, coming home on an RBI groundout by Rafael Furcal.

Aside from Lincecum’s great outing being capped by disaster, the headline stealer came in the bottom of the fifth inning.

A long-time rivalry was renewed between the two clubs as the benches cleared after the Giants had taken a 1-0 lead on a Freddy Sanchez RBI single.

Pablo Sandoval appeared to be hit on the back arm with a pitch from James McDonald.

Sandoval reacted as if he was drilled intentionally and stepped out in front of the plate, pointing the bat towards McDonald.

Dodgers catcher Russell Martin exploded at the Sandoval gesture and tried to go after him as home plate umpire Paul Emmel stepped in front out of Sandoval.

The eruption sparked the teams to funnel out of the dugout and exchange pleasantries, but after a few minutes order was restored. Sandoval resumed his at-bat because the ball didn’t actually hit him—it hit the knob of his bat—and he was eventually issued a walk.

Later in the inning, San Francisco added another run on a bases-loaded walk from Hong Chi-Kuo to widen the margin to 2-0.

Jeff Weaver started his fifth game of the year for the Dodgers and went three innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. He turned things over to McDonald in the fourth, who eventually allowed two runs in 1.1 innings.

After Ethier evened the score in the top of the ninth, San Francisco didn’t go away quietly.

Sandoval walloped a double off the left-center field wall, forcing George Sherrill to intentionally walk to next hitter. Sherrill then forced a 5-4-3 double play from Aaron Rowand to send the game into extra frames.

That set the table for Uribe to lift a two-run blast off Guillermo Mota in the 10th. Mota, who allowed an extra-inning, game-winning home run to Kelly Johnson last weekend against the Atlanta Braves, suffered his fourth loss of the season.

After a much-needed day off tomorrow, the Dodgers will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three-game weekend series in the desert.

Friday night’s pitching matchup will be a doozy, pitting Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 2.73) versus Dan Haren (11-7, 2.57). The two rank first and second, respectively, in opponents batting average against this season.

 

 

 

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WP: Wilson (4-5)

LP: Mota (3-4)

 

Notes from Wednesday afternoon

Taking the Tilt

The Dodgers had lost three series in a row at AT&T Park before winning the first two games on Monday and Tuesday to assure a series victory.

 

Can’t Drive ‘em Home

The Giants went just 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position this series, and also left 21 men on base. They shouldn’t feel too badly—the Dodgers lead the Majors with opponents hitting just .222 with RISP this season.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers 

 

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