The San Francisco Giants are giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a taste of their excellent pitching medicine shutting them out for the second straight day winning 2-0 Tuesday night.
Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw were ready for another intense matchup putting zeros on the board through three innings.
The Giants got the party started in the bottom of the fourth as Melky Cabrera led off the inning with his seventh homer of the year giving the Giants the first run of the game. That was the first run Kershaw allowed at AT&T Park since August 1, 2010 when the Giants defeated him 2-0.
Buster Posey followed with a single before being thrown out at second after Angel Pagan reached first on a force out. Pagan proceeded to steal his 13th base while Pablo Sandoval was at the plate. Given a chance to drive in a run, Sandoval singled to right field scoring Pagan. Brandon Belt doubled next setting an opportunity for Joaquin Arias. With runners on second and third with one out, the Dodgers intentionally walked Arias loading the bases for Vogelsong. He was called out on strikes and the next batter Gregor Blanco fell victim to the same outcome.
The Giants created another scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth as rally starter Ryan Theriot singled to start the inning before advancing to second on a missed catching error by Dodgers first baseman Juan Rivera. Cabrera drew a walk as Posey came to bat. Posey struck a line shot that hit Kershaw in the back enabling him to get an out at first. Had the ball not hit Kershaw the Giants would have scored another run. The Dodgers caught a huge break and Kershaw managed to escape the inning without allowing a run.
The Dodgers had a chance to put some runs on the board in the top of the seventh. With runners on first and second with one out, Vogelsong showed his mental toughness striking out catcher A.J. Ellis and getting pinch hitter James Loney to fly out to center field.
The Dodgers would not threat again as Santiago Casilla closed them out in the ninth recording his 21st save giving the Giants the 2-0 win. The Giants are now within one game of first place.
Vogelsong was splendid going seven innings allowing seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts improving his record to 7-3. It was the 14th straight start he lasted over six innings.
The last time the Giants shutout the Dodgers in consecutive home games was on August 15-16, 1987.
The 42-33 Giants go for the sweep Wednesday afternoon sending Tim Lincecum (2-8) to the mound against Chad Billingsley (4-6).
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