What We Learned When Giants Lost SF Era Record 15th Game To LA Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — If it had continued to rain on Sunday afternoon, the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers would both have given up an eight-day day off so they could play a makeup game. The Giants might have preferred that.
They lost 4-3 in 10 innings at Oracle Park and fell to 4-15 this season against the Dodgers. This is the first time since the Giants moved to San Francisco that they have lost 15 games to their rival in one season.
The final match between the two in 2022 lasted four and a half hours and featured some late drama.
A game with a 20-minute rain delay went into extra innings, with the Dodgers bringing home their free runner on a double by Mookie Betts. A walk with the bases loaded made it a 4-2 game.
Wilmer Flores got one run back in the bottom of the inning and the Giants loaded the bases for LaMonte Wade Jr., who was about three meters away from hitting a walk-off grand slam. Instead, he grounded out to put the Giants 1-13 against the Dodgers in the bottom half.
The Giants had many offensive opportunities in the middle innings, but piled up strikeouts every time they threatened. They loaded the bases in the fourth, but Evan Longoria and Joey Bart struckout. Three innings later, Wade Jr.’s one-out single was followed by strikeouts by Mike Yastrzemski and Luis Gonzalez.
The big hit eventually came in the bottom of the eighth. With two on and two out, JD Davis doubled into the hole to tie the game. It would have given the Giants the lead, but it bounced over the wall in the center right, sending Thairo Estrada back to third. After an intentional walk, Wade Jr. struckout with the bases loaded to tie the score in the ninth.
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The gap between Alex Cobb’s expected stats and actual stats has narrowed in the second half, but he will still look back on this season feeling he deserved better, and Sunday was another example of that.
Cobb gave up two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, but the second was hard to swallow. Trea Turner hit a liner to the middle and Lewis Brinson slipped and lost the ball in the lights when he fell for a double. Freddie Freeman followed with a grounder down the middle that Wilmer Flores couldn’t reach, enabling Turner to score easily.
Cobb entered the night in second place in NL in groundball rate, one spot ahead of Logan Webb. Alex Wood is 14th. Sure, Aaron Judge will make all the headlines, but fixing the infield defense should be at the top or near the top of the off-season wish list.
It’s been a rough year for Heliot Ramos, both offensively in Triple-A and in the major leagues, and his second game back got off to a brutal start when he misjudged a flyout on the windiest night of the season, leaving Betts with a blue single. . But Ramos made up for it in the third, running down a Turner rocket that looked like an RBI triple from the bat:
You don’t see many rightfielders chasing balls in that spot in Oracle Park, and Ramos made another nice catch on a deep flyout in the fourth. He will have to shake off 2022 and he has a lot of work to do in Triple-A early next season to force a call-up, but the tools are still there for the former first-round pick, who is only 23.
The last time the Giants faced Andrew Heaney, Brinson hit a leadoff bomb as part of a duel. Brinson hit three homeruns in that series at Dodger Stadium, but went off without a hitch in his last 15 at bats on Sunday. Due to the problems, he tried to bunt his first time against Heaney, but was unsuccessful.
Brinson broke out of the slump with a hard double in the fifth inning and he tagged and grabbed third place on a flyout to the middle. When Turner’s throw to first on an Estrada-grounder was high, Brinson tied the game.