SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday night that his team hasn’t “solved the 2015 riddle” of AT&T Park yet.
Twenty-four hours elapsed, but the riddle endures. The Dodgers’ bats stayed silent in a 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants here Wednesday, the fifth straight Dodgers loss at China Basin.
How it happened: When the Dodgers generated some action against Tim Lincecum, which wasn’t often, they failed to execute in the key at-bats. Yasmani Grandal led off the fifth with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch with nobody out. But Andre Ethier hit a grounder to shortstop Brandon Crawford and Juan Uribe popped up, effectively stranding the runner. That was the only time the Dodgers got a runner as far as second base against Lincecum, who has used this spacious ballpark to his advantage this season. Lincecum gave up just three hits over seven innings. Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson was almost as good, but San Francisco cashed in on their leadoff double -- by Buster Posey -- in the sixth. Posey scored on Crawford’s line drive single to left. As Anderson began to wear down in the seventh, the Giants added a run on Joe Panik’s slow grounder right up the middle, then reliever Yimi Garcia continued his struggles with the long ball.
What it means: The Dodgers have played well against their division this season, but they will need to figure out the AT&T Park riddle at some point. They have plenty of time. Their next series here is Sept. 28 through Oct. 1.
Notable: On Crawford’s single, Alex Guerrero dove and caught it on a hop, then actually tried to sell it as a catch though the ball bounced six feet in front of him. ... The last time Lincecum pitched well against the Dodgers, they swung at a lot of pitches under the strike zone. This time, he challenged them more, but got even better results. Adrian Gonzalez struck out on a chest-high 89-mph fastball in the sixth inning. ... Garcia was dominant all through spring and up until early May. Since then, he has allowed home runs in three of his last five outings. Posey hit a big one, through a misty drizzle, in the seventh inning. ... Posey effectively took over the game late. He made a brilliant catch over the railing of the Dodgers dugout in the eighth inning.
Up next: Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 4.24 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (4-2, 3.20 ERA) match up for the third time this season Thursday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. The Giants have won the first two games the NL West aces have pitched against each other this season.