In the sixth inning of tonight's game against LA, Clayton Kershaw led off the inning with his second hit of the night. Shane Victorino came up next in the lead-off spot, and hit into a fielder's choice. Mark Ellis promptly hit a line drive to right for an out. Victorino, hoping that the lightning arm of Buster Posey wouldn't strike twice, again tried to steal second, but this time was successful. This was only the second time the doggers had a runner in scoring position, but this time Matt Kemp was at the plate. Yeah, it was tense, maybe for everyone but Madison Bumgarner. Matt Kemp struck out.
Madison Bumgarner was superb. 8 innings, 123 pitches. 4 hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts. Clayton Kershaw wasn't bad either. He gave up 6 hits in 8 innings, but also gave up 2 runs to the Giants. He walked none and struck out 10. You said you wanted a pitchers' duel? You got one.
Matt Kemp was 0-4. Madison gave up 2 hits to Clayton Kershaw and 2 to their third base guy, Luis Cruz. Belisario came on in relief of Kershaw in the 9th and struck the side on 12 pitches. Romo came in for the Giants, got Mark Ellis to strike out and Matt Kemp to ground out. Then he hung a slider to Hanley Ramirez who stuck it deep in the bleachers. Fortunately, Javier Lopez was there to make quick work of Andre Ethier. Ha! Giants back in first.