Jansen Blows Save, Offense Stalls As Dodgers Fall To Giants 3-2 In Extra Innings
Matt Kamlet, CBSLA.com
SAN FRANCISCO (CBSLA.com) — Major league ballplayers across the nation all wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson on Tuesday night, and for the Dodgers and the Giants, that’s hardly where the similarities ended.
The Dodgers, coming off their second sweep of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks, were unable to keep the ball rolling against the Giants in their first trip to AT&T Park in 2014.
Kenley Jansen blew the save in the ninth inning and Brandon League gave up the winning run as the Dodgers fell to the Giants 3-2 in extra innings.
The hot-hitting Juan Uribe, who came into the ball game with a Major League-leading four games with three or more hits in the young season, got the Dodgers going in the second inning with an absolute blast into the left field stands, giving the Dodgers an initial 1-0 lead.
Uribe’s solo shot represented the league-leading 11th time in their first 14 games where the Dodgers had brought a run over the plate first.
Beckett got himself out of trouble in the bottom of the inning, after a pick-off attempt to first was overthrown — to say the least — resulting in Michael Morse taking third base with two outs. A fastball got past a free-swinging Brandon Crawford to end the inning.
The Dodgers watched a golden opportunity to blow the game open fade away in the fourth, after loading the bases with one out. After Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier all singled, Juan Uribe and Tim Federowicz (batting .056) struck out swinging to end the threat.
The bottom of the inning provided a near reflection of its top half for the Giants.
After Brandon Belt led off the inning with a single to center, Brandon Posey walked before Hunter pence hit a 1-out single to left to jam the bases. Morse, who had been hit by a pitch on the elbow in the second inning, was caught looking at a Beckett breaking ball. Juan Uribe was then able to scoop up a grounder by Brandon Crawford and fired to first on time to end the inning.
Miraculously, Beckett found his way off the hook yet again in the bottom of the fifth, after having walked the bases loaded. Don Mattingly had Chris Withrow start warming up near the beginning of the inning, but decided to keep Beckett on the mound after he had issued his third walk in the inning, to Pablo Sandoval.
The decision ultimately paid off, when Beckett, despite falling behind to Buster Posey with two outs, was able to earn a fly out to center to end the inning.
Withrow, who had struck out the side in his last appearance and had allowed just one hit in 22 batters faced, gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence in the sixth inning. When a potential double play ball was scratched when Ramirez underthrew the toss the second, Withrow’s wild pitch allowed Pence to advance to third.
Crawford’s sacrifice fly brought Pence home, tying the ball game at one run apiece.
Coming to the Dodgers’ rescue was none other than Juan Uribe, whose leadoff double in the seventh represented the go-ahead run. After Bruce Bochy yanked Jean Machi in favor of the left-handed Javier Lopez, Mattingly elected to pinch hit Josh Turner for Dee Gordon.
The result was in Mattingly’s favor.
Turner connected on a come-backer that reached center field, scoring Uribe from third and reclaiming a 2-1 lead for the Dodgers.
In the eighth inning, Puig connected on a 1-out base hit, whose flight sliced into the wide gap in right-center field. The ball rolled well past Angel Pagan in center, allowing the speedy Puig to easily reach third, standing up.
Kenley Jansen, who has not started 2014 thus far where he left off from 2013, blew another save in the ninth after allowing Pagan to score on a Brandon Belt double down the left field line to tie the game.
In the bottom of the 10th, Jamey Wright entered the ball game, and the Giants had their opportunity to strike for the kill. Gregor Blanco, who had reached on an infield single, entered scoring position when Crawford reached on a bunt single. Hector Sanchez walked, but Mattingly’s decision to keep his pitcher on the mound again paid off, when Wright got Pagan to pop out and Belt to fly out to left to end the inning.
Juan Uribe led off the 11th inning with a single, which represented his fifth game this season with three or more hits. In all of 2013, he had four.
On the mound for the final inning was none other than Brandon League.