Dodgers Can’t Solve Mike Leake, Shutout by Giants

Leake said he’d want to work out easily exactly where he’ll be promoting in 2016.


I believe it is safe to say that the vast majority of us find ballpark marriage proposals to be one of the worst elements of attending a baseball game. You see it all the time.

Leake’s former Reds teammate, Byrd, wasn’t in the lineup – a significant blow for the 38-year-old outfielder, who nearly certainly won’t get the 15 plate appearances he needs over the final four games to vest his pricy option.

“It’s no reflection on him”, Evans said of the Giants’ decision to play younger guys.

“We’re trying to get to where they are”.

Madison Bumgarner had thrown 100 pitches in five innings, and under normal circumstances, Giants manager Bruce Bochy might have told his broad-chested left-hander to grab a jacket for the night. But he’s also hitting. Kershaw won it the previous two seasons.

Of course, it was Hunter Pence’s oblique injury that prompted the Giants to acquire Byrd. “They also need an influx of young players, so don’t be surprised if (James) Shields, closer Craig Kimbrel and even catcher Derek Norris are on the trade block this winter”. It’s fine to marvel at how much they did with so very little, but next week remember that the Dodgers were and shall continue to be the better team with no end in sight. “For both of us”. Tim Hudson takes the mound on Thursday in what is expected to be his final game of an outstanding career.

Although Leake expressed disappointment at not doing more to lift the Giants into the playoffs, Bochy said the right-hander “brought what we were hoping”.

Bullpen report: An overworked group got the night off.

Does that mean Peavy will be Leake’s agent? After Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen buzzed him with a fastball under the chin, Duffy hit the next pitch back up the middle for a single.

A defining Duffy moment came in the eighth inning.

No pitcher has struck out 300 batters in a single season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002. His 89 hits since the All-Star break are the most among all NL players. Rollins made it to third base on a balk and a ground out before stalling. It was Noonan’s first home run of his career and just missed becoming the Giants 69th “Splash Hit” of the season.

In just his second game back after a strained hamstring landed him on the disabled list, Hernandez got the Dodgers offense rolling immediately, leading off the game with a single. It was the first major league home run for Noonan. It appeared a fan might have reached out and caught the ball, preventing it from landing in McCovey Cove.

If anything, the Dodgers blew their quest for home field while going 2-8 in the games before they finally clinched the NL West on the strength of Clayton Kershaw’s one-hitter Tuesday night. There was Tuesday night’s clinching, too. Leake will be a priority, and Bochy didn’t shy away from casting his vote Wednesday. Trumbo has scored 11 runs and has 13 RBI for the month and has hits in eight of his last 10 games. The edge is not as large in baseball as it is in either basketball or football.

The concussion remains more of a concern than the knee, if only because Belt has sustained at least three of them in six years.

“I think that accomplishment speaks for itself, winning the division three years in a row against a few tough competition”, Zaidi said.

“It’s a strong possibility that this is a place I’d like to play”, he said.

Bochy said before the game he has no plans to rest Duffy the rest of the season, mostly because the Giants don’t really have anyone else to stick at third base.

BREWERS 4, PADRES 3: Jean Segura hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning to help Jorge Lopez win his major league debut.


By the time Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner to “Full House”-ophiles) led the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, the Giants had the game firmly in hand”.

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