The San Francisco Giants lost 4-3 on Wednesday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks after a blown save by closer Sam Dyson.
Leading 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, it looked like the Giants were going to win the series against Arizona. But then Sam Dyson reverted back to his early season struggles and gave up three runs as the Giants lost on a walk-off.
The inning started off with a J.D. Martinez home run, which is not uncommon. He’s hit one seemingly every game for the Diamondbacks. After that, Dyson still had a one-run lead to hold onto.
Instead, he allowed that to spiral by giving up back-to-back hits. After the next three batters the game was tied, but there were two outs and Dyson had a chance to get the Giants into extra innings.
However, his disastrous night wasn’t over as he gave up the walk-off hit to David Peralta.
Sam Dyson has been great for the San Francisco Giants this year. I’m not going to let one outing take away months of good work.
You do have to take a look at this whole body of work, and it has not been a great season for Dyson.
He now has an ERA of 5.87 on the year with six blown saves and nine losses. Only two of those blown saves and three of those losses have come with the Giants.
But two of those losses have come this month. This is now the second time Dyson has blown up in September. Back on September 1 he gave up five runs to the St. Louis Cardinals in a loss that he took.
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In between those two blow-ups he pitched eight scoreless innings recording two saves and two wins. So I don’t think there is really anything to worry about other than I wish he could learn to limit the damage when things start going bad.
He has six outings this year where he’s given up three or more runs. As a closer, when you do blow a save, you have to learn to move on and make sure it doesn’t get worse. Give your team a chance to come back.
Dyson is under club control for the next three seasons at a pretty cheap price, so he’s not going anywhere.
Bruce Bochy has already stated that Mark Melancon will be the team’s closer next year. But it’s nice to know we have two guys capable of getting the job done.
Hopefully Dyson will take to the eighth inning role next year to give the Giants the bullpen they desperately need. I’d like to see Dyson have one more clean outing before the offseason to ease any concerns.