Kershaw up to his old tricks

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Clayton Kershaw is seen as one of the best pitchers in the major leagues for many reasons, and the San Francisco Giants found that out in the second game of the three-game series.

Kershaw pitched a complete game, allowing zero runs on just two hits, walking just one and striking out six, as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved back into first place with a 5-0 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 42,060, the 301st consecutive sellout at AT&TPark.

It was another tough loss for Ryan Vogelsong, as he went six innings, allowing four runs (two of them earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out four.

Vogelsong retired the first 11 batters he faced, but then Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right field that Hunter Pence lost in the sun.

Gonzalez then scored the Dodgers first run of the evening, as Hanley Ramirez singled to left field; however he was then thrown at second base by Michael Morse to end the inning.

Juan Uribe drove in the Dodgers second run of the game in the top of the fifth inning, as Carl Crawford scored after he singled to leadoff the inning versus Vogelsong.

Yasiel Puig scored the Dodgers third run of the game, as he singled to leadoff the top of the top of the sixth inning and then scored when Buster Posey was unable to hold onto Dan Uggla’s throw from second base for a fielding error on a ball hit by Crawford.

Uribe added another run batted in with a double to right-center field that scored Crawford with their second run of the inning, and their fourth run of the game.

The Giants offense disappeared for the third straight game, as they could muster only one hit off of Kershaw thru the first five innings and only two base runners thru that same period.

Kershaw retired 11 in a row after allowing Blanco’s base hit, as Morse walked with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Gonzalez picked up his third hit of the night to score Gordon after he led off the inning with a single of his own.

Morse picked up the Giants’ second hit of the night in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he singled off the glove of Gordon and into centerfield.

After getting hit in the mask on Friday night, it was discovered that Hector Sanchez suffered a concussion and was placed on the seven-day disabled list.

Andrew Susac was recalled from Fresno, and the native of Roseville, CA made his major league debut, as he replaced Posey behind the plate in the top of the eighth inning.

Susac made his first plate appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning against Kershaw, and on the first pitch he saw, he grounded out to Uribe for the third and final out of the inning.

That was not only move by the Giants on the day, as they acquired Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

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