Look, I’m not going to waste your time or anyone’s time writing very many words about this game. I’m going to get in and get out, so you can get in and get out, so we can both move on with our lives. I think that’s in everyone’s best interest.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 in Act 2 of their doubleheader. The score was close, and given the four (yes, four) comebacks the Giants made during Tuesday’s win over the same Dodgers team, it would seem that you should objectively have hope.
You did not have hope. The game felt wholly unwinnable. The two-run deficit felt like the Cliffs of Insanity, but after the rope has been cut. Against all evidence, you knew the Giants simply could not win.
Well congratulations, you smart little Giants fan. You were correct. I hope it feels good.
Perhaps it was because the Dodgers beat the Giants 7-0 in Act 1, so it kind of felt like a 9-0 deficit. Perhaps it was because the Giants didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning, which is well past the halfway mark in a 7-inning game. Perhaps it was because the Dodgers had the five hardest-hit balls of the game, reinforcing just how overmatched the crew in orange and black looked.
Whatever it was, you knew the Giants would lose, and you were right. Now you’re mourning the fact that they only had two hits, even though they only allowed three (though all three were extra-base hits). You’re eulogizing what could have been in a Kevin Gausman start, and already counting the days until he pitches again — if he survives Monday’s trade deadline.
Perhaps I’m being dramatic. The Giants lost 2-0 to a much better team on a day where it was hard to care at all about baseball. Whatever. It happens. Let’s see if there’s anything noteworthy:
- Brandon Belt had the Giants two hits. The first one was loud, and the second one was not, but it was beautifully soft, like a kind bunny or a nice scarf your sister knits you. Leading off the seventh and final inning, Belt was faced with a 3-1 count. He got a pitch over the middle, and laid down a perfect shift-beating bunt, with the defense having none chance whatsoever.
Normally I’m against sluggers bunting, but when it’s the final inning and you’re down two runs with the bases empty, a single is pretty much as good as a home run. It was wonderful, and perhaps the only thing in this god forsaken game that made me smile.
- Joey Bart struck out in his first appearance and grounded out in his second. He also drew a very impressive walk against Kenley Jansen with two outs in the final inning, putting the tying run on base, so his day ended on a high note.
Still and all, it was an incredibly rough day for Bart, who managed to strike out three times on just 10 pitches in the first game of the day. He finished the doubleheader 0-5 with 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 7 swinging strikes.
- Luis Basabe, called up to be the team’s doubleheader-allowed 29th player, got to make his MLB debut! He pinch-ran for Bart as the tying run, giving him a front row seat to three Jansen pitches and three Brandon Crawford whiffs. What a funny way to experience the Majors before (presumably) returning to Sacramento.
- Gausman was far from perfect, but did some nice things. It took him 93 pitches to get through 4.2 innings, and he gave up all three of those hits (doubles by Joc Pederson and Will Smith, and a home run by Pederson), but he also managed to strike out 6 batters and get 16 swinging strikes.
- Sam Coonrod hit 100 mph.
- The Giants Twitter account has no highlights from this game. Because there were none.
On to Arizona. Better luck there.