San Francisco, CA - It was a rough night if your name is Tim. The Dodgers returned the favor after begin shutout last night. Tim Hudson gave up four runs in the first while both he and Tim Lincecum allowed four more hits in the second. A combined total between the two was eleven hits on eight runs.
The Giants suffered an embarrassing 17-0 loss and was again reminded that this will be a battle for first place until the final game of the season. The Dodgers dominated early setting an AT&T Park record for most runs by an opponent, surpassing the Marlins who scored 16 runs on July 23, 2005.
"They punched back," said manager Bruce Bochy. "We got knocked out early. Not much to say about it, we couldn't get a hit early. It's a good team and they bounced back and we got to wash this off and that's pretty much it."
Hudson struck out Dee Gordon to leadoff the first. Yasiel Puig hit a bloop double to center field. He forced Adrian Gonzalez to ground out but Matt Kemp followed with a RBI double to make it a 1-0 game with two outs. Hanley Ramirez knocked a RBI double to right field and Carl Crawford followed with a RBI single to right field extending the Dodgers lead 3-0.
"A tough start to a game and I put us in a hole in that first inning," Hudson said. "It wasn't in the cards for us tonight. I got us on a bad start and things snow balled from there. It was a tough night for us especially me in particular."
Juan Uribe got in on the action and hits a single to left field, both third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Brandon Crawford dove for the ball but was unable to grab it. A.J. Ellis hit to center fielder Angel Pagan who made a diving catch for the ball but dropped it and Crawford scored making it a 4-0 game.
Hudson struck out Zack Greinke leaving two stranded to end the inning. But the damage wasn't done. Pagan leadoff bottom of the frame with a double, Joe Panik flew out to center field and Buster Posey grounded a single to right fielder Kemp who threw home to tag Pagan out by catcher Ellis.
"I don't know if it that changed the game," said manager Don Mattingly. "But it kind of kicked the momentum back to us."
After two back-to-back singles Hudson was chased off the mound in the second. Lincecum took the mound and gave up an RBI single to Gonzalez and another RBI double from Kemp put the Dodgers up 6-0. Hudson tossed 1.0 plus innings, which marks the shortest start of his career. Previous was 1.2 innings on April 15, 2000.
Lincecum wasn't any better, he pitched three frames, giving up seven hits, five runs, one walk, one strikeout, a hit batter and one home run. LA added on two more runs, Hanley Ramirez hit a RBI single and Crawford's sacrifice fly drove in Kemp. Lincecum forced Uribe to fly out and struck out Ellis to end the threat.
"With that score, you're glad it's only one loss," Bochy said.
San Francisco struggled to climb out of the hole they dug for themselves. By the fourth the Dodgers were up 11-0. Kemp went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a single. Uribe homered and Dee Gordon followed with a RBI single. The Giants bullpen did manage to prevent LA from scoring in the fifth.
"Zach slammed the door, like their guy [Madison Bumgarner] did last night," Mattingly said.
But things got worse in the sixth when Mike Kickham gave up a leadoff single to Ellis and a two-run homer to Greinke. Kickham loaded the bases and forced Crawford to ground out to first but the call was challenged bringing players back on the field. And Bochy's son Brett Bochy replaced Kickham getting his first Major League start.
"It was an amazing game," Greinke said. "Early on, a lot balls were falling and we carried on from there. But even with a four-run lead it was tough. Their lineup is as good as it gets. Usually you get four or five runs and get a little comfortable. But the way they played, the extra runs were appreciated."
Bochy walked in the next run making it a 15-0 game. Meanwhile Greinke tossed six solid shutout innings, allowing four hits and five strikeouts. He retired eleven batters before giving up a single to Travis Ishikawa in the fifth. The Dodgers secured their win when pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke blasted a two-run homer to left field giving LA a ridiculous 17-0 lead in the seventh.
Giants Honor Lincecum's 2014 No-Hitter
San Francisco, CA - At the ripe age of thirty, Tim Lincecum has accomplished quite a bit in his Major League career. A two time World Series Champion and Cy Young Award winner. And these are a just few accomplishments this righty has under his name. Known as "Le Freak" this four-time All-Star was honored for his second "no-hitter" by the San Francisco Giants today.
The Giants held a small ceremony that featured Lincecum, his catcher Hector Sanchez, the team, manager Bruce Bochy, General Manager Brian Sabean and President and CEO Larry Baer. San Francisco's broadcaster Mike Krukow commemorated the ceremony that was held outside of AT&T park along Portwalk.
"Just one pitcher has thrown two no-hitters in franchise history and that's Christopher "Christy" Mathewson," said Krukow. "Tim Lincecum joins a rare group of four with multiple Cy Young Awards and no-hitters. Today we unveil his plaque for his second no-hitter in two years."
Lincecum's no-hitter on June 25 against the San Diego Padres was unveiled on the club's History Walk where he already has a few plaques for 14-strikeout, 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the 2010 Division Series. And his no-hitter against the Padres on July 13, 2013. He joins twenty-two others on the Portwalk which is located beyond the right-field wall.
"Thanks for honoring this day, it means a lot to me, especially those of you who were there with me in earning this win," Lincecum said. "It's something special, so thank you,".