The seven-game winning streak was no match for the man who has been a nightmare for Giants hitters for over a decade.
Clayton Kershaw did what Clayton Kershaw does, throwing six shutout innings in a 7-0 Dodgers win on the front end of a doubleheader. The Giants lost for the first time since last Monday in Anaheim.
Kershaw got some help in the first inning, with two hard-hit balls being chased down by outfielders Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock. After that, it was cruise control. Here's what you need to know from the Giants' first experience with a seven-inning game ...
Logan Webb was charged with five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, but pitched much better than that final line. He did put himself in some tough spots, but three of the five runs came on grounders.
Bellinger grounded out in the first to make it 1-0 and Joc Pederson rolled one slowly to short with runners on the corners in the fourth, beating it out as a second run came across. That's when Webb made his biggest mistake, hanging a slider that Austin Barnes banged into the left field corner for two more runs. The fifth run came across on a check-swing infield single off Wandy Peralta.
Same Old Guy
The Giants got to Kershaw in Los Angeles earlier this month, but Austin Slater, who hit two homers that day, is on the Injured List right now. On this day they had just four hits against Kershaw, who has a sneaky 1.80 ERA this season.
Kershaw struck out four, passing Don Sutton and Don Drysdale on the all-time list of strikeouts against the Giants. Amazingly, Kershaw doesn't hold the record. He has 360 for his career, which is still well short of Warren Spahn's 416. Spahn pitched in a different era and made 119 appearances against the Giants, going 56-43. Kershaw has faced the Giants 51 times now and has a 1.81 ERA against them.
Welcome to the Big Leagues
Joey Bart's first taste of a matchup with Kershaw was one he would like to forget. Bart struck out swinging on an inside slider in his first at-bat and went down on the famous curveball the next time up.
Kershaw threw Bart six pitches, all of which were strikes. The final two pitches in the second at-bat were both curveballs, with Bart taking a half-swing at one in the dirt and then watching another one land for the strikeout.
After picking up hits in his first four games, Bart is 0-for-8 in this series with six strikeouts.