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Giants nearly make an epic comeback in the ninth, fall to Dodgers 9-8

Before that, it was the Bumgarner/Muncy “ocean” faceoff rematch we’ve been waiting for (sort of).

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It’s been about competent bats and strong control during this San Francisco Giants/Los Angeles Dodgers series, and unfortunately that was two things the San Francisco Giants failed to grasp during Thursday night’s close 9-8 loss that saw starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner face off against Julio Urias.

Offense has been a key component that hasn’t been showing up during this San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers series – and we’re not talking about the Dodgers here. The dehydrated Giants got a mere taste of water in the top of the first when a struggling Buster Posey, who has only been hitting .190 against lefties this season, doubled down the left field line with two outs, giving Giants fans a slight glimpse of hope for a brief moment in time.

And that would be the only hit the Giants would see off of Urias.

After stranding Buster to end the top of the first, trouble started brewing right away for Madison Bumgarner against lead off hitter Kiké Hernández, he of the career .500 batting average against the Giants’ best starter, when Bumgarner nailed him in the foot. Hernández managed to not only steal second base, but third as well, giving him a 90 foot advantage for…

Max Muncy. Mr. T-shirts O’Wearinone.

Last time we left both Muncy and Bumgarner, Madison got heated when Muncy launch angled a homer into McCovey Cove and took his time getting out of the box. During batting practice on Thursday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, Muncy decided to wear a “Go Get It Out Of The Ocean” shirt. His signature line.

From a range of “Dilly, Dilly” to “Are we having fun yet?” where might “Go Get It Out of the Ocean” rank in the annals of Signature Phrases? No need to actually hazard a guess here. Muncy and co. will no doubt get a lot more run out of it this season — and then we’ll sort it all out.

And it seems like the stadium organ player was in on the gag, who played various songs about the ocean during the Bumgarner/Muncy face-off (including “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid… okay). “Ocean Avenue” would’ve felt a little more SoCal, at least.

Anyway, Muncy singled and scored Kiké from third, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead and that really set the tone the rest of the way...

In that it got much worse from there. The fourth inning proved to be Bumgarner’s kryptonite after outfielder Chris Taylor got a lead-off, opposite field double, setting it up for Kyle Garlick to nail a 2-run home run. Alex Verdugo followed that up with a single and was promptly brought in by a 2-run home run off of Austin Barnes to put the Dodgers ahead 5-0.

Let’s see... then another Hernandez single, a David Freese single, and then a Chris Taylor single and that would be it for Bumgarner. 10 hits, 6 earned runs (2 home runs allowed) in 3.2 innings of work. The Dodgers sunk the Giants’ battleship in the ocean, probably.

The Giants were finally able to show some visible signs of life in the top of the seventh when relief pitcher Ross Stripling walked Brandon Belt to start the inning off, and an error on Taylor’s part managed to put Evan Longoria on. After Brandon Crawford scored Belt on a fly ball to left, it was Mike Yastrzemski who finally put the Giants back into the game with a 2-out, 2-run homer off of a fastball, cutting the lead to 7-4.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers were able to steal two of those runs back after Joc Pederson hit a 2-run homer off of Sam Dyson in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Dodgers nine runs for the third straight game.

Enter the ninth inning.

With the Giants trailing 9-4, Longoria is walked by Josh Sborz to lead off the final inning which seemed to start a domino effect that favored San Francisco significantly. Pillar followed up with a single which led to Crawford scoring both teammates with a double, shooting the Giants up 9-6. Yastzemski singled and scored in Crawford followed by a Stephen Vogt pinch hit walk, which put the tying runs on base for Joe Panik and no outs.

Things started to get tricky as the fans were brought to their feet, Giants fans out-yelling Dodgers fans in their own home territory.

Panik singled to right center, scoring Yastzemski as the Giants came within one run.

After Tyler Austin was order to bunt for reasons we’ll probably never know or care to understand, a close play at third base meant it was up to New York to decide if Vogt was actually safe. Judging by the replay, it appeared as if NY was out on a coffee break when the out was called. One out.

Both Posey and Belt ended up failing to get the runs needed and the Giants ended up narrowly falling to their arch nemesis.

The positive side here was that the bats actually managed to come alive, though a little too late in the eleventh hour of the game. But they showed up at the end there, which was fun for a minute. The Giants can still get our hopes up.