Dodgers falter again in another shutout road loss to Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Don Mattingly’s Dodgers are in an extended offensive rut, as in two runs over the last 39 innings, and he’s not quite sure what is wrong.
Los Angeles lost yet again at AT&T Park this season, shut out for the second straight day in a 4-0 defeat to Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants.
“It’s never good when you’re going through it. It’s frustrating because you know your guys are trying, you know they’re getting ready,” Mattingly said. “Same thing we’ve been doing all year long, and now we’re not really getting the results we want. But that will turn.”
Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning through a thick mist hovering above the field and new-look Lincecum won his third straight decision in the Giants’ fifth straight victory.
Brandon Crawford had an RBI single among his three hits and Angel Pagan backed Lincecum with his glove by stealing an extra-base hit from Yasmani Grandal with a great catch at the wall in center field in the seventh. San Francisco matched its season-high winning streak and pulled within 2½ games of NL West-leading Los Angeles.
Brett Anderson (2-2) struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings but received no support to lose for the first time in five starts. The Dodgers dropped to 0-5 at AT&T Park this season, marking San Francisco’s longest home winning streak in the rivalry in 12 years — since winning five straight from April 10-June 24, 2003.
The Dodgers were shut out for the second straight night, their first time being blanked in consecutive games since three in a row by the Giants from June 25-27, 2012. Los Angeles had its streak of seven straight unbeaten series snapped.
“It’s very difficult, especially when we’re not getting guys on base,” Grandal said. “It’s going to happen. It might as well happen right now. It’s early in the season still.”
Lincecum (4-2) won a fourth straight home start for the first time since July 4-Aug. 1, 2009. He struck out four over seven innings to pass Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for fourth place on the franchise list with 1,680 Ks.
“Obviously in the moment, it’s a pretty cool acknowledgement of what I’ve been able to do in my career,” he said.
Posey — playing first base to give him a break from catching duties — greeted reliever Yimi Garcia by sending an 0-1 pitch into the seats in left-center for his seventh home run. He made a great catch over the railing in front of the Dodgers’ dugout in the eighth, and the ball barely stayed in his glove.
Posey also singled and doubled while extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Joe Panik hit an RBI single ahead of Posey in the seventh for the Giants, who are the closest they have been to first place in the division since April 13.
“Hopefully tomorrow we come ready to play,” Mattingly said. “And it starts tomorrow. We can turn that corner and just go the other way.”
Pagan batted leadoff and Justin Maxwell played left field as Nori Aoki had a break.
Pagan’s leadoff infield single in the first was challenged by the Dodgers and overturned in 2 minutes, 12 seconds.
Mattingly, ace Clayton Kershaw and others from the Dodgers visited Alcatraz prison earlier in the day and the manager was put in solitary confinement for a bit.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo surgery on his troublesome throwing shoulder Thursday and is not expected to return this season. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Mattingly doesn’t know a timetable for Ryu’s recovery but said he did not believe it would be before the 2016 season.
Giants: RHP Jake Peavy, on the DL with a strained back, is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class-A San Jose on Friday. His next step will be determined from there.
Dodgers: Kershaw matches up with World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner for the third time this season. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner looks to improve on his 8-2 record at AT&T Park.
Giants: Bumgarner is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA facing the Dodgers this season and 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA over his last 12 starts against Los Angeles.
“As much as anything you like to see guys rise up,” Mattingly said. “It’s fun watching those guys.”