See a resemblance? Giants fans on Twitter apparently do. (Courtesy Boss Baby/SF Giants)

Clayton Kershaw quiets Giants lineup in Dodgers win

AT&T PARK — It was supposed to be the battle of aces in Major League Baseball’s best rivalry.

But when Madison Bumgarner put himself on the shelf for an indefinite amount of time after a motorcycle accident, it was just Clayton Kershaw against the San Francisco Giants.

The home team struggled to convert traffic on the basepaths into runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers came away with a 2-1 win.

“We put some pressure on him,” Bruce Bochy said of his team’s approach against one of the best pitchers in baseball. “… He settled in, he was as tough as he normally is. The only thing you can hope is to create some chances, and we had a couple.”

Ty Blach, filling in for the injured Madison Bumgarner, fittingly got the offense started. Leading off the bottom of the third, Kershaw couldn’t get a fastball by Blach, who turned on a 92.5 mph four-seamer for a double into the left-center field gap.

“Actually, Madison before the game came up and said, ‘hey, he’s probably going to throw you up and in since he threw you away last time,'” Blach said. “So I was looking for a pitch in that vicinity, and luckily that’s where I was looking and he threw it there.”

Hunter Pence, hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, followed with an infield single, and Buster Posey plated the run when his seeing-eye single rolled under Corey Seager’s diving glove.

But that lead wasn’t long for the world as Blach allowed a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles in the following half inning. Adrian Gonzalez hit into a fielder’s choice next as Justin Turner was able to score as the ball bounced away from Nick Hundley after Brandon Crawford’s throw skipped into the plate to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead 

That was enough for Kershaw, who allowed two more scattered hits throughout his seven-inning outing, which ended after just 90 pitches.

“When you’re going against one of the best — if not the best pitcher — in the game, you’ve got to hope that you’re guy goes out there and gives you a chance, and that’s what Blach did,” Bochy said.

After the Dodgers ace departed, the Giants threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. But after allowing consecutive singles in a four-out save situation, Kenley Jansen threw a 94.6-mph cutter in a full count past Brandon Belt to end the threat.

Jansen would run into no such trouble in the ninth, when Joe Panik, Drew Stubbs and Conor Gillaspie went down in order.

Crawford exits game early

Brandon Crawford hit a single in the bottom of the eighth inning, but when he turned around first base, he favored his groin and winced in pain.

The Gold Glove shortstop was pulled from the game and Jeff Samardzija pinch ran for him. After the game, Bochy said Crawford was day-to-day with a right groin strain.

Crawford declared ignorance on how bad it was because he’d never had an injury like this.

Crawford is scheduled to miss the next two games on Wednesday and Thursday to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law. 

Arroyo gets first hit

Giants top prospect Christian Arroyo earned his first major-league hit in his first at-bat against Kershaw.

A new nickname has been circulating Twitter for the third baseman: Boss Baby.

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See a resemblance? Giants fans on Twitter apparently do. (Courtesy Boss Baby/SF Giants)

When asked about the new nickname after his second game as a Giant, Arroyo was on board.

Up next

The Giants play the third of their four-game series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Johnny Cueto will face off against Alex Wood.

Contact Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

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