San Francisco- Coming into Monday night, the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants faced a six game deficit in the National League West Standings with just seven games left in the regular season. A single loss to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in this four game series would result in San Francisco being eliminated from playoff contention.
Although the Giants have lost four straight to the division leading Dodgers, San Francisco has won all six meetings at China Basin this season. Los Angeles was out scored 22-6 in those meetings and were shutout in their last 36 innings at AT&T Park until the third inning on Monday night. The score was a lot closer in game one of this four game series.
Jake Peavy was on the mound for the Giants and was magnificent as he tossed seven innings of one run ball while allowing just three hits in the night. His counterpart, Zack Greinke, who is in the midst of a potential Cy Young Award winning season, was also stellar. Greinke allowed just two runs in seven innings pitched in an effort to try and help the Dodgers clinch the NL West title third consecutive season.
The Giants had other plans playing in front of their home crowd and 400th consecutive home sell out, which is the longest active streak in Major League Baseball. Rookie catcher Trevor Brown knocked in the Giants first two runs of the game in the second inning with a two out double giving Peavy an early lead to work with, but after a blown save in the ninth, the Dodgers forced extra innings.
The game went 12 innings before the Giants finally walked off victorious after a sacraficenfly by Alejandro De Aza.
The Giants 3-2 victory keeps their slim playoff hopes alive as they are now down five games with six to play. The hard fought victory on Monday night will be short lived for San Francisco as they will immediately turn their attention to tomorrow nights game against the reigning National League MVP and Cy Yound award winner Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw (15-7) has a 2.25 ERA this season with 281 strikeouts and is also in the Cy Young talk for this season.
The Giants will match with NLCS and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is looking for his career best 19th win of the season.
Game two of this series will be at 7:15 on Tuesday. The game can be viewed on CSN Bay Area.