The Difference a Day Makes, For the Dodgers in San Francisco

A day ago, the Dodgers were a mess. Hyun-Jin Ryu had been hit hard and left the game with a sore shoulder. The team collected all of three base hits in being shut out. Their lead in the National League West was down to a precarious single game. But, a mere 24 hours later, all is well in Dodgerdom. as the club did more than club the Giants, amassing a 24-hit attack and shutting them out, behind the pitching and hitting of Zack Greinke, 17-0.

I wrote a day ago after the Giants had their way with LA, that today they did not have another Madison Bumgarner to rely on, but rather would be starting the slumping Tim Hudson, and Hudson did not disappoint Dodgers’ fans, managing to record only three outs

while allowing six runs, all earned, and eight hits. As if that was bad enough, former Giant's ace and two-time Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, now relegated to second-level bullpen duty, mopped up, in the second inning, and allowed five more runs of his own.

The Dodgers' 24-hit attack came from all over the lineup, and much of the dugout, as starters left early, giving playing time to Joc Pederson,
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Darwin Barney, and the likes of Erisbel Arruebarrena, Tim Federowicz, Roger Bernadina, and there was a sighting of Alexander Guerrero playing in left field. Even though Hanley Ramirez collected four hits, Matt Kemp was huge with three hits and three RBI, and Yasiel Puig almost as much with three hits of his own, the offensive star was starting pitcher Greinke, who homered and singled, driving in two, and raising his season average to .204. Oh, and he also pitched six scoreless innings for his 15th victory.

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As we saw tonight, fortunes can change ever-so-quickly, and there is no time to gloat, or real reason to do so. Tomorrow is another game, and if the inconsistent Dodgers do not manage a second win in a row over the Giants, their lead again goes down to a single game.
The rubber game of the series at A T & T will see Clayton Kershaw face off against the surprising Yusmeiro Petit, who just four days ago pitched a complete game four-hitter against Arizona, allowing a single run and striking out nine. Kershaw likely has two more regular season starts after tomorrow, and needs to win two of the three for his second 20-win season. He’s 1-1 against the Giants this season. Petit has not started against the Dodgers this year, and is 0-4 as a starter lifetime against LA, though he was credited with a win against the Dodgers, pitching in relief earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Ryu will have an MRI on his sore shoulder, and he is almost certain to miss his next start, and most likely he will miss more than that. He missed close to a month earlier in the season with a similar problem. Let’s just hope that the empty uniform non-manager uses ANYONE but Kevin Correia in Ryu’s starting spot Wednesday in Colorado.

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