So far, neither of those events has happened in 2015.
The San Francisco Giants continued to stymie the Dodgers in another low-scoring game, prevailing 4-0 Thursday despite 7 1/3 strong innings from Kershaw, who has yet to best Bumgarner in three matchups this season. The bigger concern for the Dodgers is an offense that has simply disappeared the past five games. Going back to their last series, the Dodgers have gone 31 straight innings without scoring a run.
How it happened: Kershaw was more pitch-efficient than Bumgarner, who couldn’t make it out of the seventh inning. But the Giants got two key hits that were the difference. Bumgarner, one of the best-hitting pitchers in baseball, connected for a third-inning solo home run with two outs. Then, an inning later, Hunter Pence lined a single to right field that brought in Angel Pagan from second. Pagan hesitated rounding third and Scott Van Slyke’s throw beat him, but catcher A.J. Ellis missed the tag, a conclusion confirmed after a replay review. The Dodgers had awful offensive execution this entire series and it showed in the fact they were shut out in all three games. Once again, they wasted a leadoff double, with Enrique Hernandez and Howie Kendrick failing to get Joc Pederson in during the third. Alex Guerrero also tried to go from first to third on Ellis’ single to left and was an easy out in the fifth to allow Bumgarner to pitch deeper into the game.
What it means: The Dodgers could certainly win this division without winning a game at AT&T Park this year, but it’s not a good look to go 0-for-9 at your rival’s park. So far, they are 0-6.
Notable: The Dodgers’ decision to start their left-handed hitters against Bumgarner -- something no other team has done -- actually worked out pretty well. Pederson had the double and Adrian Gonzalez had some of the best at-bats of the day against Bumgarner. He walked and singled to right. ... Kershaw hit Brandon Belt in the right wrist with a 92-mph fastball in the fourth inning. Normally, in a tense game such as this one, that might have led to retribution from Bumgarner, but Kershaw appeared to apologize for the inside pitch, tapping his chest as Belt walked to first. … Kershaw made a between-the-legs stop on Joaquin Arias' grounder up the middle in the second inning.
Up next: The Dodgers come home to open a six-game homestand against the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves. Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52 ERA) pitches Friday night against San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner (1-7, 3.24 ERA) in a game that starts at 10:10 p.m. ET.