After eight straight wins, and the Giants driving in more runs in the last week than they have all month combined (at least it seemed that way), the Dodgers, well Clayton Kershaw forced the G-men back into reality.
It was yet again a pitching battle, and a one run game, the same old Giants.
In LA, San Francisco lost 2-1 to their bitter rival. Not only is that enough to drop the team spirit, but now the Giants sit five games back from the wildcard spot in the National League, and six games from the NL West top position. With only eight games remaining, the playoff hopes are dwindling with each out.
It is possible for the Giants to make the postseason; it just is not all that probable right now.
The final score revealed the pitching battle as Tim Lincecum tossed seven decent innings for the Giants, while Kershaw earned his 20th win of the season on seven and a third innings. Lincecum threw five strikeouts and gave up three walks. Yet, Kershaw bested him in each category, six K’s and two walks—just enough to give the Dodgers the winning edge.
Timmy gave up eight hits (Kershaw gave up six), including a solo homerun to Jerry Sands in the second inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Chris Stewart produced the lone score for the Giants in the eight on a homerun over the center field wall.
There is just a little hope left that the Giants will make the playoffs
The G-men have two more games in Los Angeles before they head to Arizona for three games. Every game, every at bat, every pitch, it all counts from here on out—there is no room for error.