San Francisco Giants Give Kershaw First Loss Of The Season
Even though the San Francisco Giants are having a rough baseball season, they still manage to play well against their rival the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants beat the Dodgers 2-1 and it was the first loss of the season for Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw came into this game 5-0 with a 3.20 ERA. This season, the Dodgers won all of his previous nine starts. Most of his starts against San Francisco are quality starts and he usually gets the victory.
However, in Game 1 of this three-game series, the Giants gave Kershaw his first loss since July 21st, 2018. Coming into this game, the Dodgers won seven of their last eight games and they just lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. They haven’t lost two games in a row since late April and now the Giants have ended that streak as well. The craziest thing about this win was the guy who started the game for San Francisco.
Drew Pomeranz last start was skipped after having his shortest outing of the year. He was given a 5-0 lead in the first inning against the Orioles, only to give up 8 runs in 1.1 innings of work. In 10 starts this season, he has a 1-6 record, with an 8.08 ERA. He has one quality start this season and has only reached the five-inning mark 3 times.
Well tonight, Pomeranz pitches through a bases loaded, 1 out jam in the first inning. After that, he went on to just give up 1 hit. His final line was 5 innings, 3 hits, no runs, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. A performance like this, against the best team in baseball, will be quite the confidence boost for Pomeranz.
On the other side of things, Kershaw still pitched well against the Giants. He still had a quality start, going 7 innings, and just giving up 2 runs. However, you have to pitch perfect and get timely hitting to beat Kershaw, and for the 11th time, the Giants were able to do that. San Francisco had one good scoring chance and it came in the sixth inning. Kevin Pillar got a rbi single and Brandon Crawford drove in a run on a fielders choice. The Dodgers Chris Taylor homered in the 8th inning. Then Will Smith came on in the 9th and got his 14th save in 14 chances this season. The Giants are now 4-3 this season against the hated Dodgers.
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