Dodgers Embarrassed as Giants Make Statement

There is only one word to describe last night’s Dodgers’ game at A T & T Park in San Francisco: Embarrassing.

The red-hot Giants pulled to within one game of the division leading Dodgers in a game that was not close from the time the Giants’ second batter of the game came to the plate. By the time the hot, hot, hot trio of Joe Panik, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, hitting two, three, and four in the order, had come to the plate, the game was basically over, with the Giants having scored two of their four first inning runs, on the way to an 9-0 win.

Far worse for the Dodgers is the new issue with Hyun-Jin Ryu, who left the game after one totally ineffective inning, complaining of shoulder soreness he described as similar to the

pain that landed him on the disabled list earlier this season. The ramifications of this could be monumental as the best team money can buy is fighting for their playoff life, now possibly with an undermanned rotation that might one again have to depend on the likes of Roberto "Fausto Camona" Hernandez, Carlos Frias, and/or, heaven forbid, Kevin Correia, in the post season. Correia pitched in relief last night, and the results were typical of how he has done since joining the
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Dodgers: Two innings, three earned runs, raising his full season ERA over 5. That places Correia third from the bottom in ERA with pitchers who have enough innings pitched to qualify for the ERA title, which goes along well with his 16 loses that ties him for the major league lead.

On the other side of the coin, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner is making a late season run for all those accolades and awards that LA writers and pundits have already given Clayton Kershaw. Bumgarner is now tied for the major league lead with 18 wins after a dominant
August where he was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA, followed by his winning two of two so far in September. He won’t be winning the National League MVP award though, as his teammate Buster Posey has become the player in the league most deserving of that honor, and at this point it looks to me like he will win it.

Tonight, the Giants will try to extend what is now a ten-game home winning streak, but they have the slumping Tim Hudson going tonight, against the Dodgers and Zack Greinke. Hudson was 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA on July 12, but since has lost eight of ten decisions and was hit hard by both Colorado and Detroit in his two September starts. Greinke pitched seven shutout innings on the way to an 8-1 win the last time he faced the Giants, on July 25 in San Francisco. The best team money can buy needs a repeat of that effort tonight.

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