Giants have unusual success vs. Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw

Just when it appeared the San Francisco Giants were losing some steam during their surprisingly good season thus far, the team rallied and took three of four games against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers — capping the series by having perhaps the club’s best-ever outing against ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

The Giants produced five earned runs against Kershaw, who owns a masterful record against San Francisco. The result was a 5-4 victory. Preiously, Kershaw had compiled an incredible 1.79 ERA against his Bay Area rival over 49 starts and two relief appearances, per The Athletic.

San Francisco produced three runs against Kershaw in the first inning, capped by a saucy home run from Giants shortstop Mauricio Dubón. He mimicked the celebration of another Dodgers pitcher, Trevor Bauer, just to hammer the Giants’ first-inning success home properly.

He could have saved that for when he homered off Bauer, but why wait? Bauer used his sword celebration a week ago at Oracle Park. Revenge accomplished.

Outfielder Austin Slater hit another home run against Kershaw in the third inning, backing up Dubón’s swag. With the win, the Giants kept pace with the first-place Padres and kept the Dodgers in their third-place hole. It’s just one series win, but this could be a holiday weekend the Giants look back on fondly, especially if they finish as National League West champs.

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia commons/Arturo Pardavila)

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