April 26, 2017
The Dodgers had a 3-0 lead on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, but gave it all back and lost to the Giants 4-3.
Hunter Pence hit a sacrifice fly with the bases-loaded in the 10th inning to complete the Giants rally. San Francisco avoided matching their worst 22-game start in franchise history.
Gorkys Hernandez singled off of Ross Stripling to open the 10th, then stole 2nd base. Connor Gillaspie walked, then Nick Hundley sacrificed, which allowed Hernandez to beat Adrian Gonzales’ throw to 3rd base. That loaded the bases for Pence.
San Francisco didn’t record it’s first hit until the 6th inning. Alex Wood pitched 6 shutout innings for LA, yielding only that 1 hit.
However, the Giants would start their rally against Sergio Romo in the 7th. Christian Arroyo hit a 2-run shot to left center field to make it 3-2.
In the 8th, Mike Morse hit a pinch-hit home run against Pedro Baez, and the game was tied 3-3. That set the stage for Pence’s heroics.
“Up 3-0, we’ve got to close it out,” Skipper Dave Roberts said. “I liked the guys in the spots that they were in for the last nine outs of the game. It just didn’t work out.”
All the Dodger offense came in the 6th inning. Corey Seager hit a solo home run, Chase Utley provided an RBI single, and Andrew Toles hit into a fielder choice, scoring Yasmani Grandal.
The Dodgers will try to salvage a split of the four game series on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park. Julio Urias will make his 2017 debut for LA, and Matt Moore will go for San Francisco (1-3; 5.87 ERA).