Turner Homers in a Dodger Loss.

Saturday, August 8, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

When the San Francisco Giants’ left fielder Hunter Pence lost a simple flyball in the twilight, Johnny Cueto lost a no-hitter, but at Dodger Stadium, the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-to-4.

Corey Seager, the Dodger best hitter during the 2020 season, could not play Saturday since he has a stiff lower back. After making a dive in attempts to catch a ground ball in the third inning Friday, Seager left the game. The Dodgers took an MRI on Seager’s back, and the results did not show anything wrong. On Saturday, Seager could not participate in any baseball activities. Seager’s absence hurt the Dodger offensive production Saturday.

Although last Sunday afternoon against the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, left-handed Clayton Kershaw looked like his old dominating self, Saturday against the Giants when Kershaw had a career ERA of 1.74 ERA against them, he had a bad night.

Kershaw did not have good command. He allowed four runs, including three solo home runs, in 4.1 innings. He constantly was in trouble. Although he had an increased velocity, he could not throw past the Giants. He did not have his large curveball working, and his slider did not move either. His fastball did not have a downward movement, allowing the Giants to hit many flyballs. While Dodger Stadium is a large spacious stadium, it could not contain all those flyballs.

The Dodgers could not hit Cueto. Coming off Tommy John surgery, Cueto’s different deliveries baffled the Dodgers. His deception and constantly changing speeds affected the Dodgers’ batting speed adversely.

In the sixth inning, Cueto was affected when Pence turned a simple flyball into a triple for Kiké Hernández. Pitching out of the stretch, Cueto could not find the strike zone until he pitched to Justin Turner whose first blast in 2020 was good for three runs.

As usual, the Dodger bullpen pitched well, but the Dodger offense could not do anything with the Giants’ bullpen.

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