Dodgers duo of Bellinger and Seager do in Giants 2-1

July 29, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits an RBI single as home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez watches in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By Jeremy Kahn

LOS ANGELES-Once again, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants played a close and competitive game; however, in the end it was the same result.

Cody Bellinger drove in both Dodgers runs on the afternoon with RBI singles in both the first and the third innings, as the Dodgers hung on to defeat the Giants 2-1 before a crowd of 47,792 at Dodger Stadium.

With the victory, the Dodgers have won seven games in a row, and have won 38 out of their last 44 games since June 7, the best run in Dodgers history and the best in the majors since the 1942 Cardinals also went 38-6.

This was the Dodgers 51st consecutive victory when leading at any point during the game, extending their own major league record.

The Dodgers are 73-31 on the season, and this is the first time that they have been 42 games over .500 since 1974, when they finished the season with a record of 102-60 and won the National League pennant before losing to the Oakland A’s in five games in the World Series.

On both of Bellinger’s singles, Corey Seager scored each run, as Seager doubled in his first two at-bats against Ty Blach.

Seager continues to rake Giants pitching, as he followed up his 2-for-4 (two home run game from Friday night) with a 3-for-4 afternoon with two doubles off of Giants pitching.

Thru the first two games of the series, Seager is a whopping 5-for-8 (.625 average) with two doubles and two home runs

This was the seventh three-plus game of the season for Seager. During the month of July, Seager is hitting .314 (27-for-86) with seven doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI.

Hunter Pence broke up the shutout, no hitter and perfect game with one swing of the bat in the top of the fourth inning, as he took a Rich Hill pitch and planted it into the left field seats to cut the Dodgers lead down to 2-1.

It was the seventh home run of the season, and his seventh home run away from home for Pence.

Hill was pulled by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in the top of the sixth inning after just 86 pitches.

Prior to being pulled, Hill went 5.2 innings, allowing just one on just two hits, walking two and striking out three.

Blach pitched a great game for the Giants despite the outcome, as he went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three.

The left-hander also helped himself in the field, as he made two great plays on attempted bunts by Hill in the bottom of the second and fourth innings respectively.

“Blach did a great job, gave us a chance,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I really didn’t think he had his best stuff but this kid’s got all the confidence, he’s not afraid.”

Carlos Moncrief, whose contract was purchased from Sacramento on Wednesday, made his major-league debut when he came off the bench to pinch hit for Blach. Moncrief walked against Luis Avilan.

NOTES: Madison Bumgarner will take the mound in the series finale, as he switched with Matt Cain, who will now pitch on Monday against the A’s at the Coliseum.

Bumgarner is coming off his first win of the season, as he went five innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking one and striking out four on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound for the Dodgers, who are looking for their 14th sweep of the season, which would be the most by a Dodgers team since 1976, when they picked up 15 sweeps.

With Blach going seven innings today, the Giants starting staff continues to be number one in major leagues with most innings pitched, as they have combined to throw 628.1 innings. The starters have also pitched at least six innings or more in 11 out of their 14 games.

Nick Hundley was originally in the starting lineup, but he was scratched prior to the game after taking a couple of foul balls off the mask on Friday night; therefore Jae-gyun Hwang started at first and Buster Posey was catching.

Hwang was going to play at third with Posey at first, but that all changed with the Hundley scratch from the lineup. Kelby Tomlinson played third base, and went 1-for-2.

Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto will make a rehab start on Monday for the San Jose Giants against Visalia, while closer Mark Melancon will head to Sacramento for a rehab appearance on Sunday. Where the Rivercats will face New Orleans.

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