LOS ANGELES — You would expect Madison Bumgarner to come into Dodger Stadium in September and twirl a gem, but his sidekick in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers was a bit of a surprise.
Gorkys Hernandez had two doubles and a single while leading off, scoring both runs in support of his lefty ace. Bumgarner cruised through seven, allowing just three hits on 83 pitches while striking out five. Austin Barnes ambushed him while leading off the eighth, cutting the deficit in half. Cody Bellinger came a few feet away from a go-ahead homer, but his drive died at the track in right. Bumgarner gave way to Hunter Strickland, who also watched a deep fly ball come just short of giving the Dodgers the lead.
The Giants exhaled, and Sam Dyson closed it out. Here are some things to know ...
Radar gun watch
Bumgarner hit 93.5 mph while striking out Logan Forsythe in the second inning. It was his fastest pitch since his return from a serious shoulder injury. He had three other fastballs that clocked in at 93 mph, which is a step up from where he has been most of the season.
Ryu exits early
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was pulled with one out in third after taking a line drive off the left arm. He had a contusion. Denard Span took the most advantage of the pitching change, singling three straight times after the swap from a lefty starter to righty relievers.
Can Panik hit .300?
Joe Panik .300 Watch: He bunted a runner over in the first, grounded out three consecutive times, and then flied out. With seven games remaining, Panik is hitting .288.
Night to remember for SF native
O’Koyea Dickson picked up his first MLB hit with a single to right-center in the third. The 27-year-old is a San Francisco kid, having played at George Washington High before going to College of San Mateo and Sonoma State. In 2008, as a sophomore, Dickson became the first high school player to hit a homer at AT&T Park. Fun fact!