On a day that was used to celebrate Jackie Robinson around the MLB, the Dodgers and Giants certainly had the most interesting game on the day. The two teams that are now tied for the top of the NL West played through 12 innings, which the Giants would then end with a 3-2 win.
The winning run was scored on a Hector Sanchez two-out single that drove in Brandon Crawford. Crawford had previously advanced to third base when the Giants defense threw out Brandon Hicks at first but, due to a deflection off Juan Uribe, there was not enough time to get the throw back to third. The minor error would be a big result as the Dodgers dropped the first game of three to the Giants.
The Giants have now won three out of five against the Dodgers on the season, and they’ll finish up this series over the next two days. For San Francisco, having the numbers against the highest paid team in baseball is more than just good for emotional support, it also means that they’ve aligned themselves to keep pace in the NL West. Furthermore, the Giants and Dodgers are the only teams in the division to have a record above .500.
The starting pitcher for the Dodgers was Josh Beckett. He pitched five innings and gave up just 2 hits, while also having four strikeouts. However, before he was yanked he put the Giants in good position to score, which they did when Chris Withrow came in for relief. Kenley Jansen also gave up a run, and the one that ended it came off Brandon League.
On offense, Juan Uribe got his sixth RBI of the season off a homerun and Justin Turner also got his second RBI of the season in the seventh when the Dodgers momentarily took the lead.
Tim Lincecum also started and pitched five innings. Though he did give up one run and five hits, including the home run to Uribe. Yusmeiro Petit got his first win of the season, pitching just one inning and doing enough to give the Giants a chance as they head into the bottom of the 12th.
Aside from the two-out RBI that Sanchez scored to end it, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt both also had RBIs on Tuesday.
The best part about this 12-inning performance by both of these teams is that we get to see them go at it twice more in the next two days. On Wednesday, Paul Maholm will look for his first win of the season for the Dodgers. Ryan Vogelsong will also look for his first win. Vogelsong has already pitched once against the Dodgers this season, though he didn’t earn a decision in the win.
The Giants are slightly favored on Wednesday, sitting at -120.
What could be most important is that the winner will find themselves in sole position of first place in the NL West.