The Ringling Brothers in Town in Giants 7-5 Comeback Win
Beanings, ejections, managerial mishaps and bullpen meltdowns. What started out as an easy Dodgers victory turned into a beanball showdown which turned into a complete circus sideshow. In the end a Dodger 5-1 lead after five innings and 5-4 lead in the ninth inning reversed into a Giants 7-5 win.
The two-hour long 1-0 pitchers’ duel that everyone envisioned in a Kershaw-Lincecum showdown didn’t materialize.
For one, Lincecum never looked comfortable. Exhibit A: in the second inning Lincecum lost the grip of his 0-1 pitch to Casey Blake leading off the inning sending the ball soaring straight above in the air before landing 20 feet away from the mound.
The Dodgers are never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so they took advantage right away.
After Rafael Furcal walked on four pitches to lead off the first and stole second during Xavier Paul’s at-bat, he came home on Paul’s double for the quick 1-0 lead. Andre Ethier then pounded a 1-2 pitch 415 feet into the right field box seats just inside the foul pole to give the Dodgers the 3-0 lead.
The Dodgers added two more in the third inning when Blake DeWitt singled home Paul and Blake doubled home Ethier for the 5-1 lead. Blake’s two hits off Lincecum broke his 0-for-10 record, one of the reasons he was batting seventh in the lineup.