Five wins in a row for the Giants in 2-1 win over LA; Belt continues hitting steak with HR

May 16, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Justin Ruggiano, left, and Mac Williamson celebrate the team’s 2-1 defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-As the San Francisco Giants continue their recent hot streak, so does Brandon Belt with a hot streak of his own.

Belt hit a solo home run leading off the bottom of the fourth inning, helping the Giants to their fifth straight victory after a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, before a crowd of 41,366, the 509th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Brandon Crawford came up with the biggest hit of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he singled to right field to score Belt, who singled to lead-off the inning, went to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a Buster Posey groundout.

The Crawford single came off of eventual losing pitcher Luis Avilan, who pitched one-third of an inning, allowing one run on two hits before being replaced by Pedro Baez.

Ty Blach pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking two and striking out three on his way to his first win of the season.

Blach got some huge defensive support in the top of the fourth inning, as he gave up a single to Justin Turner and then a double to Kike Hernandez. Following the Hernandez double, Austin Barnes hit a ball to second base and Christian Arroyo threw home, where Buster Posey tagged Turner out at the plate. Blach then ended the inning, as Yaisel Puig grounded out to Brandon Crawford at shortstop to end the threat.

The Dodgers finally got to Blach in the top of the sixth inning, as Chris Taylor planted a Blach pitch and put it into the garden beyond the centerfield wall to tie up the game.

After the Taylor home run, Franklin Gutierrez singled, but then Blach got Turner to strikeout for the first out of the inning and then Hernandez singled under the glove of Eduardo Nunez at third base. Blach then got Barnes to fly out to Mac Williamson in right field for the second out, and then Puig flew out to Williamson for the final out of the inning.

Rich Hill pitched five strong innings for the Dodgers, as he gave up just one run on six hits, not walking a batter and striking out six. Hill did allow the solo home run to Belt, hit a batter and also committed a balk.

Things got interesting in the top of the eighth inning, as Taylor singled off of reliever Hunter Strickland; however, Strickland was able to stop the bleeding, as pinch hitter Corey Seager grounded into a double play; however, Turner hit a single just out of reach of Arroyo.

Strickland got out of the inning, as Hernandez lined out to Belt at first base.

The Dodgers batters in the five thru nine hole went 0-for-19.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto will take the mound in the series and home stand finale for the Giants, while Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Giants and the Dodgers will not see each other until the weekend of July 28-30 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers will make their third and final AT&T Park appearance from September 11-13.


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