The Giants, given the success of their offense this year, would probably vote to keep the universal DH. They might not want another year of seven-inning doubleheaders, though.
For the second time this season the Giants got swept in a doubleheader. They lost the late game 3-1 to the San Diego Padres, who swept this weekend series at Petco Park that was halted for two days, outsourcing the Giants 15-2.
The Padres have their sights set on an NL West title, and they play the Dodgers next. The Giants?
Well, they have a much-needed day to regroup, and they can do so knowing another rule change is giving them a chance. Despite being 23-24, they're still in the eighth and final playoff spot. Here are three things to know from Game 2 ...
Sam Selman has been Gabe Kapler's best reliever at times, but he walked the first two batters he faced when he entered in the fifth inning. The third man up, Jurickson Profar, faked a bunt and then slashed a hard grounder to third that Evan Longoria couldn't handle. It was error-ish, but was ruled a single and brought the go-ahead run across.
Longoria quickly made amends by throwing a runner out at home on a grounder to third, but the Padres tacked on a second run when Manny Machado smacked a single to right to make it 3-1.
Exactly What They Needed
The Giants have struggled offensively against the Padres, but Logan Webb didn't need much support in his four innings. Webb had his best start in three weeks, limiting the Padres to four hits and a walk while striking out five. The only run came on a solo homer to dead center by Wil Myers.
Webb has had trouble with efficiency, but he threw just 66 pitches. With a rested bullpen and an off day tomorrow, the Giants turned to Sam Selman to start the fifth.
Ain't Havin' It
Joey Bart was just about big-league ready defensively when he walked into Scottsdale Stadium this spring, and he showed off his strong arm in the first couple of innings. Bart caught Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jake Cronenworth trying to steal second base. Tatis Jr. had been perfect in nine attempts and Cronenworth had been perfect in three.
Coming into the game, Bart had allowed nine stolen bases on 10 attempts. He nabbed Tatis Jr. with the help of a great tag from Wilmer Flores, who got the likely NL MVP's leg as he touched second. The second one was all Bart. He made a strong 81 throw down to second that nailed Evan Longoria's waiting glove.