That was worth waiting for
Rich Hill’s long-delayed debut for the Dodgers turned out to be an exceptional debut, as Hill blanked the Giants for six innings. That is not a misprint, a Dodger pitcher got 18 outs that was not a rookie. Very impressive for a guy who hadn’t pitched an inning in any game since July 7th.
Justin Turner continued his Mike Schmidt imitation and blasted his 24th home run for the only run of the game.
Baez, Libby, Blanton, and Jansen finished off the spiraling Giants, and that is how you win a game 1 – 0.
Josh Reddick continued his impressive hitting picking up three more hitless at-bats.
Adrian Gonzalez did not drive in any runs thus ending his quest to tie or break Shawn Green’s 14 RBI in three games, but he did collect a hit to continue his hitting streak to 17 games.
Corey Seager did not get a hit, and his 14 game hitting streak has come to an end.
Hill is the fourth pitcher this year to pitch 6.0 or more scoreless innings in his Dodger debut, joining Scott Kazmir (6.0 IP, April 5 at SD), Kenta Maeda(6.0 IP, April 6 at SD) and Bud Norris (6.0 IP, July 1 vs. COL).
When Kenley Jansen struck out the final two batters of the game he tied Jim Brewer’s franchise record for strikeouts as a reliever with 604 career Ks.