Instant Analysis: At 2:11am, Giants hand Dodgers 11th straight loss

Instant Analysis: At 2:11am, Giants hand Dodgers 11th straight loss


SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants-Dodgers rivalry has seen decades of fights, tight games, heroes, goats, heartache and celebration. Never has it seen a night quite like this one. 

With steady rain and lightning blanketing AT&T Park all evening, and more said to be on the way later in the series, the teams essentially started playing at 10:50 p.m. The result was a disjointed, historically long, back-and-forth night, but at 2:11 a.m. the Giants got the only result they actually cared about. They beat the Dodgers 8-6, handing their rivals an 11th consecutive loss. 

As you pour your morning coffee and pop a bagel in the toaster, here are five things to know about the night that wouldn’t end … 

—- The first pitch was originally delayed nearly an hour. Chris Stratton came out and struck out Curtis Granderson, and then the game was delayed again. Stratton couldn’t return, but Kenta Maeda never took the mound, so he did. Ty Blach took over for the Giants. Blach may have become the first pitcher in MLB history to have his warm-up music played before the second at-bat of a game.

—- The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead on homers by Denard Span and Jarrett Parker, but Blach was roughed up as the Dodgers tied it in the top of the fourth. The bottom of the fourth inning at AT&T Park started at midnight. 

—- The Giants trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Span drove in the tying run and the go-ahead run came in on Buster Posey’s infield single at 12:41 a.m. That is a real and true sentence. 

—- The game was tied 6-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Dave Roberts turned to Pedro Baez, a human rain delay, and at one point Baez took 31 seconds between pitches to Hunter Pence. Batting in the leadoff spot, Pence lined a single back up the middle. At 1:10 a.m., the Giants took a 7-6 lead into the seventh. 

—- The late start did not keep the managers from playing the matchups, which gave us a reminder that September roster expansion is quite dumb. Bruce Bochy used seven relievers and three bench bats. Roberts used six relievers and six position players from his bench. There were 21 more players left, too, but thankfully extra innings were not needed.

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.