SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will be relieved for many reasons after Sunday's final game. A big one: Nobody else can get hurt.
They couldn't even escape this final series without a potentially serious injury. Austin Slater came out of Friday's game after feeling pain in his elbow while making a throw to the plate. He had an MRI on Saturday morning that revealed a mild sprain, which sounds like good news, but also will impact his offseason. Manager Bruce Bochy said Slater just needs rest for now. He was unsure about how this would sideline Slater going forward, although it sounds like he'll be ready for camp.
"I think so," Bochy said. "I haven't sat down with the doctors and Dave Groeschner yet to see how long this should be. My guess is that by spring training he should be fine, because it's a mild one."
Still, this will have some impact on what the Giants think this offseason. They need two corner outfielders, whether they bring them in or promote from within, and it's not great when one of your young players has an elbow that's been hurting for a month and led to an MRI.
--- Tony Watson, the former Dodger, stranded runners on first and third with no outs. In eight appearances against the Dodgers this year, he hasn't allowed a run and has 10 strikeouts.
--- The main story today is on Dereck Rodriguez. If the Giants keep Madison Bumgarner, they'll start with one of the better 1-2 punches in the National League. That's a start.
--- At certain points today, this really was pretty close to a playoff atmosphere, and the Giants gave the Dodgers everything they could handle for seven innings. Hell, in the end, Dave Roberts called on his closer with a five-run lead just to make sure there was no final rally. (I think that was kind of silly, given what this lineup has done in September and the fact that Kenley Jansen might be needed Sunday and Monday, but to each his own.) Here are some highlights from a wild game.
"They were determined to try to win a ballgame," Bochy said of his team. "It just got away from us late. A lot of action there on both sides. I was proud, man."