SF Giants cap off 6-game stretch that has only been matched once before in baseball history

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The SF Giants lost in an agonizing way against the New York Mets on Sunday, capping off a six-game streak in which the winning team staged a comeback in the eighth inning or later. How often does that happen? MLB's Sarah Langs relayed that the 1957 Cincinnati Reds were the only other team to have a six-game stretch like this.

SF Giants cap off 6-game stretch that has only been matched once before in baseball history

Langs adds that the Reds faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies and, you guessed it, the Giants in a pair of three-game series during that six-game run. That 1957 team was the last Giants team to play in New York before moving to San Francisco for the 1958 season.

Plus, that Giants roster featured some Giants legends like Willie Mays, Bobby Thompson, and Mike McCormick. It is not often that you can connect today's events to a roster from nearly 70 years ago.

The 2024 Giants have had a knack for theatrics lately. Over the past week, they had completed four straight comeback victories. There was a new hero every game, including Patrick Bailey who blasted a grand slam on Friday night.

The Giants might have some extra fight in them due to having a younger lineup. Players like Heliot Ramos, Luis Matos, and Marco Luciano did not start the season with the club, so they may be playing with an extra chip on their shoulder. I should add that Matos was added to the roster in the first week of the year with Mike Yastrzemski out on paternity leave, but that was a temporary move. Sometimes, young rosters do not know how good the opposing team is, and with that, comes a little extra fight.

However, Sunday's game was much more disappointing. The Giants held a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning. The first and only run they allowed up until that point was an unearned run. Camilo Doval had pitched in four of the last five games, so he was unavailable.

Tyler Rogers had a 2.19 ERA heading into Sunday's game. Plus, he had not pitched in the Mets series yet, so he was tabbed to close out the game. He was unable to do so, allowing the Mets to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth in a walk-off defeat.

The Giants had a successful week. They went 4-2 on the road, so they should be content with that. The two losses were rough but they have been playing better lately. And, their stretch of play over the past six games has only been seen once before in baseball history.