MLB Standings: San Francisco Giants Shut Our LA Dodgers, Force Tie in NL Wild Card Race
The San Francisco Giants reclaim some lost ground, avenging their Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2-0 shutout on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto recorded 5.1 shutout innings, allowing only eight hits, striking out six and walking two, before exiting the game with a lower-body injury. Relief pitchers Steven Okert and Will Smith exposed the struggles of the Dodgers against lefties, as the two left-handed pitchers collected eight outs before closer Sergio Romo provided the save for the Giants.
The Dodgers were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, a disappointing result, as they were looking to secure the NL West top seed, and were gunning for their fourth consecutive division title.
However, the Giants also took a blow, as defensive-whiz shortstop Brandon Crawford left the game with a dislocated left pinkie, an injury he sustained while making an awkward slide into third base to end the top of the second inning. Last year's Golden Glove winner, who currently leads the Giants with 80 RBI, is listed as day-to-day.
Joining Crawford on the injured list is Cueto, whose 21 starts for the Giants have resulted in a 16-5 tally, suffered a groin injury after his brilliant stint on the mound. His next scheduled start is on Sunday at San Diego. Giants team manager Bruce Bochy spoke after the game about how the Giants would fare in the face of these injuries.
"It's going to be a fight, no question," Bochy said. "That's why you hate to see what happened tonight with Johnny and Craw. The one thing you want are the guys healthy these last few games. But we have to move on and find a way to win. We did tonight."
The win puts the Giants in a tie with other wildcard contenders the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals, as the three teams who are slugging it out for the two wild card spots are now sporting similar 80-71 records, heading into the last eleven games of the season.
Romo, in a postgame interview, talked about the ongoing intense wild card race. "I think it's fun for the game," he said. "It's fun for baseball. As a fan of the game, who wouldn't be interested in the fact that there are three teams fighting for two spots?"
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