In what was by far their biggest game of the 2018 season, the San Francisco Giants laid an egg against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
If you don’t like negativity or are tired of hearing it, then you can quit reading now. This is going to be a total rant about the San Francisco Giants.
For another lost season, the San Francisco Giants had one night to show some pride and have an impact on the 2018 season.
With a win Friday they could have at least guaranteed that the Dodgers would have to play a tie-breaker game on Monday for the division, and they would increase the chances of them missing the playoffs altogether.
Instead, what we saw was more of the same.
Madison Bumgarner went out and gave it a gutsy performance even though he maybe didn’t have his best stuff. He threw 112 pitches through six innings, giving up three runs with the big blow coming on a Justin Turner two-run home run.
Even though Bumgarner wasn’t great Friday night, at least you could tell there was some passion and pride in his game. You couldn’t really say that for the rest of the team.
Offensively it was more of the same for the Giants as they were only able to scratch across one run on four hits and two walks against Ryu.
They had chances but could never get the big hit. In the second, after a lead-off home run from Nick Hundley, the next two batters walked creating a huge threat early. But then Austin Slater grounded into a double-play.
The Dodgers tried to help us out in the fourth when Evan Longoria reached on an error to start the inning. A couple of singles later the Giants had the bases loaded with one out, but Kelby Tomlinson — pinch-hitting for Slater — grounded into an inning-ending double-play.
Again in the sixth, Joe Panik led off with a base hit but Longoria quickly ended that rally with a double-play.
It doesn’t get much more frustrating than that for the San Francisco Giants.
Until you get to the seventh inning where the first two hitters got on base for the Giants before three straight strikeouts.
Oh, and then the Giants also ground into a double-play in the eighth and ninth innings just to really irritate the fanbase.
If that wasn’t the most frustrating game to watch offensively for the Giants, then please show me a better one.
I’ll be honest and tell you I haven’t watched many Giants games lately because I would rather watch meaningful games. Well, this was the most meaningful game the Giants played all year and they laid a big fat egg.