Los Angeles batted Yasiel Puig 7th and Chase Utley 8th. The Giants, 5 games back with 6 to play and needing a sweep to take matters into our own hands, batted Gorkys Hernandez 5th. Los Angeles put the reigning Cy Young winner on the mound. Clayton Kershaw pitched well, but Madison Bumgarner pitched better. Clayton Kershaw gave up 3 hits, only one of them mattered. In the 3rd inning, Eduardo Nunez got a sort of hit - basically an infield tap that couldn't be picked up quickly enough. He stole second, then went to third on a throwing error. A wild pitch from Kershaw allowed him to score. Kershaw lasted 6 innings and was removed after 88 pitches. I was surprised.
Meanwhile, Madbum was a beast. He gave up 1 hit - to Yasiel Puig, in the 2nd inning. He struck out Puig next time up. He struck out Seager 3 times. He struck out Hernandez twice. His line - 7 innings, 1 hit, 1 batter hbp, 0 runs, 10 strikeouts. Madison Bumgarner became the Giants all time leader for strikeouts in a single season with 247. That's getting up there in Big Unit/Nolan Ryan territory. In the bottom of the 7th, though, Puig came up for the third time in a 1 - 0 ball game, with 2 outs. Puig hit a slow bouncer down the first base line and Madbum and Belt combined for a terrific defensive play to get him out.
On the way into the dugout, though, something happened. Did Madison say something to Puig? Did Puig say something? Was there a funny look? I don't know. But Madison went for Puig and benches emptied. Nothing happened (although it was fairly amusing to see Smardjy and Cain barely able to hold Madbum back). Both managers were warned.
So the Giants can't play a psychological game, either. Yasiel Puig made a weak out and got Madison Bumgarner out of the game after 97 pitches. Anyway, you know what happened. Will Smith and Derek Law kept LA scoreless in the 8th, in the 9th, the bullpen gave up the game, 2 -1. Javier Lopez got the L, although he was the only guy who did his job. The Giants got 3 hits in 6 innings off of Kershaw, but none thereafter.