The Dodgers five runs tonight qualifies as an offensive explosion of late, although the Tim Lincecum and Aubrey Huff-led Giants held on for a 6-5 victory in the opening game of the series. Huff had a single, a double, and a triple tonight, and made two nice defensive plays in the outfield, one a catch and one a relay throw from the right field corner.
Trailing 6-2 in the ninth, the Dodgers made it interesting, getting the go-ahead run on base. With Jeremy Affeldt on the disabled list and their bullpen devoid of a lefty, Giants manager Bruce Bochy summoned starter Jonathan Sanchez, who threw 95 pitches two days ago, to pitch to Andre Ethier and James Loney. Sanchez struck out Ethier, but hit Loney. Chris Ray allowed an RBI single to Matt Kemp, but retired Casey Blake on a grounder to end the game.
Since the All-Star break the Dodgers have scored 35 runs in 15 games, an average of just 2.33 runs per game, and are hitting .209/.276/.308 during that span.
Rafael Furcal had three hits and a walk, the eighth time this year he has reached base at least four times in a game.
WP - Tim Lincecum (11-4): 7 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts
LP - Carlos Monasterios (3-3): 5+ IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 strikeouts
Sv - Chris Ray (2): 1/3 IP, 1 hit