By: Enrique Medina
Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire
The Dodgers beat the Giants 3-1 on Saturday night in the 2nd game of a 3 game series. Again the 2 rivals met up in the 2nd game of a 3 game series as Alex Wood took the mound for the Dodgers versus Madison Bumgarner, making his 3rd start since coming off the DL.
The scoring started off with a solo home run by Matt Kemp in the bottom of the 2nd inning, his 12th of the season. Not until the top of the 5th inning were the Giants able to counter with a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson after leadoff hits from Mac Williamson and Joe Panik.
Prior to Saturday’s matchup Kike Hernandez had a history of success against the star lefty Madison Bumgarner, with 3 homeruns and 14 hits in 30 at bats prior to Saturday’s matchup. His presence in the lineup, hitting 2nd, paid off well as in the bottom of the 5th inning he hit his 4th career home run off Bumgarner, a 2-run shot that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
The Dodgers never looked back as with thanks to 5 ⅔ innings of solid work from starter Alex Wood and a sharp day from the bullpen the Dodgers picked up their 37th win of the year (37-32). In the win Alex Wood picked up his 2nd win of the year after a few rough starts prior to Saturday and Kenley Jansen picked up his 17th save of the year.
Since the start of June, the Dodgers lead the majors in home runs with 34 and are now 21-6 since May 16th. The win now leaves the Dodgers 1 ½ games back of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sundays matchup kicks off at 1:10 pacific time as Caleb Ferguson (0-0 record) takes the hill for the Dodgers looking for the 3 game sweep of the Giants versus Chris Stratton (7-4 record).