The San Francisco Giants have sent a resounding message to the Los Angeles Dodgers by taking the first two games of this four-game series, winning 3-1 Friday night. The Giants have won seven of their last eight games against their rivals at Dodger Stadium.
The win did come at a cost as Brandon Belt was hit on the hand by Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm on the first pitch of the second inning and the MRI results showed a broken left thumb. Belt was placed on the DL and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will be sidelined for at least six weeks.
Belt was poised for a monster season this year, batting .264 with 34 hits, four doubles, nine home runs, 18 RBI's, eight walks, three stolen bases, 38 strikeouts and scored 18 runs in 35 games. He was showcasing a .317 on-base percentage and .504 slugging percentage reaching a .820 OPS. Defensively, he committed three errors and was producing a .991 fielding percentage.
The intensity of this Giants-Dodgers rivalry got turned up last night during the bottom of the sixth when Yasiel Puig homered off Madison Bumgarner for the second time in his career and Puig did his normal flipping of the bat after the homer. Bumgarner took exception to that and the two had words as Puig crossed home plate. This matter is not over and you can bet some kind of retaliation will take place either this weekend or in July when these two teams play again.
The Giants activated Matt Cain from the DL today and he will look to win his first game of the year this afternoon when he takes the mound. Cain is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in five starts, allowing 31 hits, 17 runs, 15 earned runs, five home runs, 10 walks, 25 strikeouts and holding the opposition to a .263 batting average in 31 innings. The Giants are 1-4 in his starts this season.
The team also purchased the contract of outfielder Tyler Colvin from Triple-A Fresno and optioned reliever George Kontos back to Fresno.
The Giants bullpen has held opponents scoreless in eight of their last nine games, while the defense has turned 13 double plays this road trip. The Giants rank third in baseball with 44 home runs and 12 of their last 13 home runs have been solo shots. The orange and black have two more games on the road before returning home Monday night.
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