In the last of 19 meetings between the two longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ battery shut down the San Francisco Giants en route to a 3-1 win.
Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run over eight innings and his catcher, Yasmani Grandal, drove in all three Los Angeles runs on a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer as the Dodgers won two games out of the three-game weekend series, six of nine meetings at Dodger Stadium and 11 of the 19 games overall against the Giants in the 2017 season series.
Kershaw scattered eight hits over eight innings but didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Until the only run he allowed, which came on an eighth-inning solo shot by Mac Williamson, the Giants had not advanced a runner to third base. Kershaw induced four groundball double plays.
Grandal put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the second inning with his sacrifice fly after Curtis Granderson singled and Logan Forsythe doubled. After Chase Utley’s infield hit in the bottom of the fourth, Grandal hit his 21st home run of the year, a two-run shot to center. Conversely, no member of the Giants has more than 18 homers.
San Francisco starter Chris Stratton threw 84 pitches over four innings and was removed for a pinch hitter, former Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz, with one out in the top of the fifth. Kershaw made his former teammate the second double play victim of the day and got two more catchers, Buster Posey and Nick Hundley, to ground into twin killings in the sixth and seventh.
Ty Blach relieved Stratton and held the lefty-heavy Dodger lineup scoreless over three innings, allowing one walk and two hits.
Williamson and Hunter Pence were the lone bright spots in the Giants lineup, accounting for three hits apiece. The rest of the lineup went just 2-for-23.
With the NL West title already locked up, Dodger manager Dave Roberts gave Kenley Jansen the day off and let Brandon Morrow, a Santa Rosa native and Cal alum, finish off the game. Morrow pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his second save of the year.