The Dodgers may have lost their shortstop Friday night, then they lost to the rival Giants 2-1 Friday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Buster Posey doubled home the tying run in the sixth inning, then hit a solo home run against Ronald Belisario to leadoff the ninth inning. But the Dodgers' lack of offense certainly wasn't for lack of chances.
In seven of the first eight innings, the Dodgers put the leadoff runner on base.
In seven of the first eight innings, the Dodgers had at least two runners on base.
They put someone on base via hit or walk at least once in all nine innings, 18 in all. But the Dodgers scored just one run, and that came thanks in large part to Clayton Kershaw himself. In the fifth inning Kershaw doubled, his second extra-base hit against the Giants this season. After he was sacrificed to third, Kershaw scored on a single by Nick Punto through a drawn-in infield for a 1-0 lead.
Kershaw was using a lot of pitches but he didn't allow a hit until one out in the sixth inning, when Marco Scutaro tripled. Kershaw got Pablo Sandoval to ground out for the second out of the inning to keep Scutaro at third, but Buster Posey followed with a double to tie the game at 1-1.
But that was all Kershaw would allow on the night. Kershaw gave up a run in seven innings, and his career ERA against the Giants ballooned, from 1.2756 to 1.2761.
Now we wait and see how long Hanley Ramirez will be out, after the shortstop left in the sixth inning with a left hamstring injury.
The good news is that Carl Crawford, who hadn't played since Monday with a tight right hamstring, pinch hit in the ninth inning and beat out an infield single and appeared to be no worse for the wear.
In eight career starts against the Giants, Kershaw allowed no earned runs five times, and the Dodgers won all five contests. In the other three games, in which Kershaw allowed a total of five runs, the Dodgers are 0-3.
Matt Magill gets his second major league start on Saturday, but the only question is just how many healthy players the Dodgers have left to field behind him. Ryan Vogelsong gets the call for the Giants.
Home runs: Buster Posey (4)
WP - Sergio Romo (2-2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts
LP - Ronald Belsario (2-3): 1 batter, 1 home run