The game got a bit out of hand early in this one. After both clubs exhibited brilliant pitching in the first two games of the series, the San Francisco bats woke up as they beat down the Dodgers 10-2. Ted Lilly was charged with the loss in this one, lasting only 3.1 and giving up 6 earned runs. Aubrey Huff led the charge, hitting a triple and home run off of Lilly, with Buster Posey right behind him hitting a home run of his own off Lilly.
Jonathan Sanchez was excellent for the Giants, going 7 innings and only surrendering 2 runs (1 earned.) Sanchez also struck out a career high 12 in the contest. After the bullpen got through with the Dodgers, the team finished with 14 strikeouts in total.
A few milestones for the Dodgers in this game. Congratulations to Russ Mitchell for recording his first major league hit, a home run in the 5th against Sanchez. Matt Kemp reached a less pleasant milestone today, tying the Dodgers franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 153. Interestingly, the Dodgers noted that Matt Kemp currently has the longest consecutive games played streak in baseball, 189 consecutive games after tonight.
The win was a big one for San Francisco, as they took over first play in the NL West as a result. The Dodgers now head home to play a 3 game set against Colorado and try to do a better job at spoiling this time around.
WP - Jonathan Sanchez (11-8): 7 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 12 strikeouts
LP - Ted Lilly (8-11): 3.1 IP, 7 hits, 6 earned runs, 3 strikeouts