Not to disrespect Ryan Vogelsong, who gave it a hell of a go, but he does that every time. He doesn't have to prove he can hang with the best, we know he can. The Giants drew the short straw after the debacle on Saturday, having to face their Arch Nemesis in the last chance to salvage the series. Clayton Kershaw, predictably, dominated from start to finish. And finish he did, throwing his second shutout of the season. All the home team had to do was avoid a sweep. That's it. Two wins would have been nice, but one would have meant LA leaves town still two down. Instead, the Dodgers get to share the top spot and are looking to push our boys out.
The Giants amassed 21 hits in the three games, 18 of them singles. The Dodgers had 15 extra-base hits. If I were more poetic I'd wax on about these perilous days being a true test of character for the lads. After a good shellacking it's best to pick ones self back up and dust ones self off, chin up there, bucko, put up those dukes and let's see those combinations again, eh? Because today sucked. So suck it up and stop sucking, goddamnit.