@THE MAN,THE MYTH,THE SHIV
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost two out of three to this team.
This was The Rematch of the game we saw together,
;, with Hyun-jin Ryu going to war against
, the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the San Francisco Giants...
pitched rather well--aside from the point that his pitch count was run up by the opposition--mowing down the Dodgers with a harder, higher-velocity fastball than anyone has seen him hurl in a good while, particularly this season. The fourth inning was peculiar as he had to throw 32 pitches in that one inning to retire three batters, and he ended up with 114 pitches for the evening (78 being strikes).
went 17/24 for first-pitch strikes against Dodgers batters, and generally kept LA off-balance with an assortment of attacks. When he went back to that standard, ever-less-efficacious cutter, however, the Dodgers were on top of it, with Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Enrique Hernandez--the latter of whom boasts otherworldly video-game offensive numbers against
for his career, they are so gaudy that they sicken this poster to look upon them (after tonight he has gone 23-for-45 in his at-bats versus
)--so between all of these matters
was finished fairly early in the game in spite of his success.
Speaking of individuals being finished early, Bruce Bochy was ejected from the game for his incessant complaining about balls and strikes--which, granted, was a little curious given how much the strike zone proved helpful to Bumgarner.
To give the devil his due, Hyun-jin Ryu was every bit as terrific as Bumgarner--outmatching him by going 8.0 innings rather than the mere 6.0 Bumgarner gave his team. It also helped Ryu that the Giants offense is... Well, florid metaphors fail. The Giants offense is the Giants offense.
That said, this was a rather splendid evening for several GIANTS players, and in many ways the true star of the game was Steven DUGGAR ("The Sluggar"), who, left-on-left in each and every instance, hit his way toward getting on base, proving that he definitely holds at least some possible promise, perhaps, as the Giants' 2019 leadoff man. DUGGAR scored the winning run on Buster MVPOSEY's walkoff base hit (the seventh of his career; third against the Dodgers... seen one of those in-person
)... And how
was able to pull that Decidedly-Not-MVPedro Baez pitch on the far outside-off-the-corner away from the right-handed batter, knocking it into left field... And fortunately for the GIANTS Duggar is one of the faster men in the National League West, for just about anyone else on the Giants roster would have been gunned down at the plate. This commenced with Duggar and Gerardo MVParra commencing the winning rally with their back-to-back singles off of Julio Urias.
One of the easily foreseeable stories of the season is the strength of the Giants' bullpen, which, with Reyes M(VP)oronta, Tony Watson (the two of them collected four strikeouts in two innings of work between them, with M[VP]oronta collecting three in his one inning) and closer Will ("No Not That One") Smith providing a phalanx of high-leverage pitching with the game at a 1-1 tie, and once again these relief pitchers performed admirably.
In the end, the GIANTS take two-out-of-three from the Dodgers in San Francisco. All while the WARRIORS lead the Houston Rockets 2-0 in their NBA playoffs series and the San Jose SHARKS presently hold a 2-1 advantage over the Colorado Avalanche.
Not a bad week in Bay Area sports.