LOS ANGELES — This is the kind of game that your baseball season can bring. It’s one of the reasons why we retain watching. It requires some mighty patience, the beginning of April before last week of September, although here it was, on Tuesday nights at Dodger Stadium.
Two teams, your Giants and the Dodgers, both battling for postseason spots. Their contest added an edge to an previously intense competition. And then there ended up being the pitching matchup, two of the game’s best, the Giants’ ace, Madison Bumgarner, and for the Dodgers, a man, Zack Greinke, who would be the ace of any other staff members but the Los Angeles staff, that’s the ace of aces, Clayton Kershaw.
‘I look forward to games like this, I,’ said San Francisco administrator Bruce Bochy. ‘You’re going to see great pitching, and it should be great. You’re going to see two of the better pitchers amongst gamers go at it, with a couple of rivals. It’s a fun point for everybody. It should be. It’s why you play the game.’
In an atmosphere for the purpose the term ‘playoff intensity’ would probably be a understatement, the Dodgers prevailed, 4-2. That they reduced their magic number for clinching the National Nfl West to one. The Leaders, meanwhile, fell to Several 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the division, missed a chance to clinch a NL Wild Card berth along with fell one game powering the Pirates for the top NL Wild Card spot.
There was not much previous evidence that either team could accomplish much damage against the additional pitcher. In four begins this season against Los Angeles, Bumgarner has been 3-1 with a 1.75 Period. Greinke, meanwhile, in four starts off against San Francisco, was 4-0 using a 1.38 ERA.
And there are long stretches of this game where both were totally with command.
‘Both pitchers settled in,’ Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ‘Those men, they make pitches. They get outs.’
But visions of a 0-0 stalemate were speedily erased. Justin Turner led over first with a homer. Subsequently Bumgarner hit Yasiel Puig with a pitch. Both the have, as they say in these matters, ‘some history.’
Puig advanced toward the particular mound with what appeared to be substantial anger. Bumgarner threw down the glove and appeared to encourage Puig to keep coming. The seats emptied. The bullpens emptied. But cooler heads prevailed. There wasn’t any violence. There were no ejections. There was clearly, as the game progressed, absolutely no repercussions, either. There was too much at stake for the extraneous things to take over the evening.
‘It’s prematurily . to let that thing acquire escalated and not play softball,’ said Mattingly, who explained to Puig, ‘We’re going to play these guys yet again [on Wednesday night] and then probably after that [in the postseason], and the best way to always be strong is to do it using your bat, do it with your glove.’
Matt Kemp, on his 30th birthday celebration, gave himself and the Dodgers a great gift by following the incident which has a two-run homer. This three-run outburst in a single inning against Bumgarner was highly unusual, simply because the Dodgers had not scored in excess of two runs in any of his four 2014 starts in opposition to them.
The record will show in which Bumgarner settled in nicely from then on — until Turner gave the Dodgers a very important insurance run in the eighth with another solo great hit. Of Greinke, it could fairly become said that of his 118 pitch on Tuesday night, only one launched a problem.
That happened in the third inning, with one on and another out, against Bumgarner. A slider by using an 0-2 count caught more of the dish than Greinke intended, and Bumgarner clobbered that over the wall in left-center. Greinke curved over at the waist in the gesture that combined astonishment and dismay.
‘It wasn’t a perfect toss, but it was pretty good,’ Greinke said. ‘The scouting report starting the game [said Bumgarner] had no hits on offspeed pitches for the season, struck fastballs pretty good, so we were simply going with offspeed against him.
‘When this individual first hit it, I thought it was just going to hang up in the air and be an out. It really shows you how strong he is, for taking kind of like a fight-off swing whilst still being be able to hit a great hit off it. I was simply just amazed that it went that will far.’
Bumgarner can hit. So can Greinke, for that matter, but the great hit gave Bumgarner 15 RBIs for the time, the most by a Giants glass pitcher since Juan Marichal in 1966.
Greinke was given a lot of chances to say how big his very own performance was, but in his own matter-of-fact way, he declined. Would he feel a major responsibility, pitching a game of this degree?
‘Not really,’ Greinke said. ‘Any time period I try to do more than I am just capable of, it backfires, so I simply try to do the normal things, and not try to get overamped, due to the fact that doesn’t work for me.’
Eight innings together with two runs allowed with six hits and no strolls is truly impressive in a game that brought your crew to the edge of a division championship. Presented with that type of thinking, Greinke chose instead to help detail the many contributions connected with his teammates.
‘We scored some operates off a really good pitcher,Inch he said, ‘so it was just a well-played sport all the way around.’
It was that, but it really was also a classic late-September matchup; for the purpose was at stake, for the competition, for the real quality of the pitchers engaged.