SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers took out all of their frustrations from the previous night and then a little bit more.
They set an AT&T Park record in a 17-0 pounding of the San Francisco Giants Saturday night that evened the series at a game apiece and guaranteed they’ll get out of town in first place. No opponent had ever scored so many runs in this 14-year-old stadium, a cool-weather pitchers' park.
The Dodgers lead the Giants by two games with 14 left.
How it happened: By the time the pitcher’s spot in the Giants’ lineup came up, Tim Hudson was long gone, the Dodgers had scored nine runs on 11 hits and Matt Kemp had three run-scoring hits. That was a lot more than Zack Greinke (15-8) needed. In fact, Greinke himself provided all the offense he needed with a long double and a two-run home run. The Dodgers set season highs in hits (24, one shy of the L.A. record) and runs. It was a welcome bit of stress relief after Friday night’s 9-0 Giants beatdown, in which pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu left with a shoulder injury.
Hits: One happy coincidence for the Dodgers is that their two best starting pitchers match up well with their biggest rival. Greinke can’t quite equal Clayton Kershaw’s lengthy track record of dominance over the Giants, but he’s starting to move in that direction. In six career starts against the Giants, Greinke is 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA. Three of those wins have come this season, and Greinke has one more start remaining against San Francisco.
Misses: Things appeared to get a little chippy, unnecessarily, in the third inning. As usual, Yasiel Puig was in the middle of everything. He was awarded first base after a Tim Lincecum pitch was deemed to have grazed his right elbow. When Adrian Gonzalez hit a slow roller to Joe Panik, Puig slid well off the bag in an effort to take out Brandon Crawford and break up the double play. He succeeded, but Crawford seemed to glare at him as Puig walked slowly back to the Dodgers’ dugout. The teams’ tempers will bear watching in the final four head-to-head games of the season.
Snapshot: There was a legacy moment in the seventh inning involving the sons of three former major league players. Scott Van Slyke, son of Andy, homered off Brett Bochy, son of Bruce, scoring Dee Gordon, son of Tom.
Up next: Kershaw (18-3) tries to become the majors’ first 19-game winner in the series finale at 1:10 p.m. PT. The Dodgers will face Yusmeiro Petit (5-3, 3.62).