Instant Analysis: Dodgers take series, shut down Giants
Dodgers silence Giants yet again
SAN FRANCISCO — Before the first game of this series, Bruce Bochy called the weekend's losses in Chicago the worst back-to-back performances of the season. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Giants tried to give those White Sox games a run for their money.
A night after a sluggish loss to Clayton Kershaw, the Giants had moments that were downright embarrassing. They lost 4-1, mustering just five singles against struggling trade-deadline addition Yu Darvish and two relievers.
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Weird second inning
—- The second inning was hard to watch, but somehow the Giants didn’t give up a run. Yasiel Puig reached when Hunter Pence let a pop-up drop in shallow right for the second straight night. Chris Taylor reached on Pablo Sandoval’s throwing error, and Puig stole third when Sandoval dropped Nick Hundley’s throw. After a four-pitch walk of Justin Turner loaded the bases, Matt Moore struck out Cody Bellinger to end the inning.
Bellinger's homer is Bond-ish
—- Bellinger hit the first of what will be many career Splash Hits at AT&T Park. The rookie’s homer was Bonds-ish, clearing the fat part of the arcade far from the right field pole. The 441-foot homer was Bellinger’s 37th.
—- Moore was charged with four earned in 4 1/3 innings. With a 5.39 ERA, he is the only qualified starter in the National League who is over 5.00. Moore is also the only pitcher keeping Ty Blach from having the worst ERA in the NL.
Something else on the bases
—- Oh, also, two different Giants ran into double plays on the bases. This game was really something, man.
—- It’s pretty clear how pitchers are attacking Sandoval right now: They get to two strikes and then just blow a high-and-outside fastball past him as he tries to pull it. Darvish did that to Sandoval twice. Sandoval has two hits in his last 54 at-bats.
Locked up a role
—- Hey, at least there was Kyle Crick. He entered with a runner on in the fifth and struck out Enrique Hernandez and Puig. Crick then pitched a scoreless sixth. He has locked up a 2018 bullpen role.