Giants shut out again by Dodgers, score just two runs in four-game split
Not enough offense
LOS ANGELES — After Saturday night’s loss, Andrew McCutchen pointed out that three games is far too small a sample size. The same should be said of four games.
Still, Bruce Bochy has to be a little concerned with what he’s seeing from a new-look lineup.
A night after being shut out, the Giants lost 9-0 at Dodger Stadium. They scored two runs in a season-opening four-game series that was filled with lazy fly balls, grounders to the left side and poor at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Here are five more things to know from the final night of a series the Giants somehow split …
—- The first run on Chris Stratton’s ledger this season was an odd one. With one out and two on in the fourth, Cody Bellinger hit a fly ball to left field. Both runners tagged and challenged Hunter Pence, but Yasiel Puig — the trail runner — was caught in a rundown. Puig beat Joe Panik’s throw back to first and Corey Seager trotted in safely from third. Oops.
Stratton's season debut
—- Stratton actually pitched pretty well. He was cruising until the sixth and was charged with three earned in 5 1/3 innings. The starting staff was supposed to be this team’s weakness because of the injuries, but in four games here, they allowed six earned runs in 22 1/3 innings.
Speedster on the loose
—- Buster Posey stole third base without a throw in the sixth inning, and that’s actually not as rare as you might think. Posey stole third twice last season and has now done it six times in his career. He has only been caught once.
Unblemished no more
—- After a scoreless spring and strong season debut, Josh Osich was touched up in the sixth inning. Bellinger took him oppo for his first hit of the season and the first Dodgers homer of 2018. The blast gave the Dodgers a five-run cushion.
Bullpen falters at the end
—- Roberto Gomez became the 25th and final Giant to appear in a game this season. It did not go well. After a scoreless seventh, Gomez gave up four straight hard hits to start the eighth before being replaced by Reyes Moronta. He was charged with four earned runs.