Ah, yes, best-laid plans and all. Looked swell on paper, but the execution proved somewhat lacking.
And it mattered little, the Dodgers managing only two runs against Bumgarner in his 6 1/3 innings and falling 7-2 to the Giants before a crowd of 49,520 at
Ethier did pinch-hit with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh, delivering a run-scoring single. Alas, new third base coach Lorenzo Bundy still hasn’t quite figured out the speed – or lack thereof – of catcher
Bundy waved Ellis home on the hit, but the perfect relay nailed him at the plate. Mattingly issued his first official replay challenge on the play, and lost that too. It was just that kind of day.
The Giants scored their first five runs off
The soft-throwing Maholm seemed to be skirting trouble every inning, but the Dodgers trailed only 2-1 before heading into the fifth and watching it come undone.
Maholm gave up a leadoff hit to Bumgarner and
He crushed a three-run homer. That ended the afternoon for Maholm, but
Maholm was charged with five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in his 4 1/3 innings.
His early exit meant trouble for a taxed bullpen that had to take over in the third inning Friday. Mattingly had to use closer