Jun 21, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Mike Broadway (57)in the dugout after the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
I can’t explain it. Maybe the Giants were distracted. Maybe, like I said the other night, it’s that June Swoon thing. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m right and the baseball gods have a wicked sense of humor and pull the rug—or the game, as it were—right out from under the Giants if they get too big for their big-league leggings.
I blame myself. I didn’t clearly explain the “sweep silence” rules. I know you think I’m crazy, but look at the evidence. The Giants marched into Chavez Ravine wielding their big bats, and looked what happened. They ticked off two check marks in the win column. That’s when Giants fans started tossing around the “s” word.
We shouldn’t have. Because as luck would have it, after the first two games, the Dodgers were ready with big guns of their own. And they used them. Then they re-loaded and used them again.
Sunday’s game was ugly—we’re talking Justin Turner’s beard ugly—with Tim Lincecum pitching just 1 1/3 innings before Bruce Bochy cried “uncle.” Lincecum gave up five runs on seven hits and one walk before he was pulled.
By the way—this was the shortest outing of Lincecum’s career. I thought you should know that in case you missed it—though I don’t know how you could given that the ESPN announcers said it more often than their play-by-play.
Yusmeiro Petit was brought in to relieve Lincecum in the second inning and lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, with four coming on solo home runs. Michael Broadway followed with two hitless innings, and Javier Lopez wrapped it up with a scoreless frame.
The Giants scored two runs total: Brandon Belt drew a walk and scored on Angel Pagan’s base hit in the third inning; Andrew Susac doubled in the eighth, and Joaquin Arias plated him when he followed with a pinch-hit double.
The final score was: Giants 2, Dodgers 10
OK, that was bad. No, it was awful. But let’s put it in perspective: we won two out of three. We won the series. In the 2015 season, the Giants have faced the Dodgers twelve times and won nine of those contests. The baseball gods can laugh all they want, cause a .750 winning percentage ain’t bad at all.