After Friday night, the Dodgers' lead in the NL West had been trimmed to just a single game, the A's lead over the Seattle Mariners? Half of a game. The Giants beat up on the Dodgers behind a shutout from Madison Bumgarner and the Mariners used some late-inning production to squeak by Oakland.
But everything reverted back to how it started before either series began when Los Angeles and Oakland returned the favor in similar fashion.
The Dodgers played no games on Saturday night - jumping out to an early lead and continuing to pour it on. Like San Francisco the night before, LA put up four runs in the first inning to chase Tim Hudson after the one inning. And also like the Giants, they just kept scoring. Except Los Angeles went to an extreme - 17 runs on Saturday night.
The first-place Dodgers also got a shutout from their pitching. Zack Greinke went the first six innings without allowing a run before he left the game with a 15-run lead. The bullpen held onto the shutout, though. And Los Angeles white-washed what happened the night before with a 17-0 win to regain that two-game lead in the division standings. Hanley Ramirez paced the Dodger attack with four hits. All starters got at least two hits with the exception of Adrian Gonzalez - and that includes the pitcher Greinke.
Meanwhile in Seattle, the M's and A's played another great, low-scoring game that came down to the wire. Felix Hernandez and Sonny Gray matched each other inning for inning, each only surrendering two runs. But the difference might have been Gray's ability to get eight innings in, while "The King" could only go seven. Seattle had to turn to its bullpen an inning earlier and that bullpen eventually blinked first when it gave up a run in the top of the 10th inning.
The typically reliable Fernando Rodney was anything but on Saturday night. Seattle's closer came on for the 10th and walked four batters, the last of which gave Oakland the winning run. Jed Lowrie took ball four from Rodney with the bases loaded to force home a run. The win gives Oakland some cushion - albeit a not very comfortable one - in the American League Wildcard with both Seattle and Kansas City hot on its heels.
Both of these series' will finish this afternoon with each starting at approximately 1 PM on the West Coast. Clayton Kershaw opposes Yusmiero Petit in San Fran and Jon Lester takes on Chris Young in game three in Seattle.
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