San Francisco season record 15th loss to Dodgers in 2022

San Francisco season record 15th loss to Dodgers in 2022

What we learned as Giants lose 15th game of SF era record in LA appeared first on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — Had the rain held off Sunday afternoon, the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers would both have given up an off day eight days from now so they could play a makeup game. The Giants might have preferred that.

They went 4-3 in 10 innings at Oracle Park, falling 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 in a season to their opponent.

The last game between the two in 2022 lasted four and a half hours and featured some late drama.

A game that included a 20-minute rain delay went into extra innings, with the Dodgers bringing home their leadoff baserunner on a double by Mookie Betts. A walk with the bases loaded made it a 4-2 game.

Wilmer Flores hit a run back in the bottom of the inning and the Giants loaded the bases for LaMonte Wade Jr., who was about 10 feet away from the grand slam. Instead, he fell out, dropping the Giants to 1-13 against the Dodgers in the second half.

The Giants had plenty of offensive opportunities in the middle innings, but piled on the hits every time they threatened. They loaded the bases in the fourth, but Evan Longoria and Joey Bart struck out. Three innings later, Wade Jr.’s walk-off single. followed by hits by Mike Yastrzemski and Luis Gonzalez.

The big hit finally came in the bottom of the eighth. With two on and two out, JD Davis hit a leadoff double to tie the game. It would have given the Giants the lead, but it bounced over the wall in right-center, sending Thairo Estrada back to third. After an intentional walk, Wade Jr. struck out with the bases loaded, sending the tying run into the ninth.

More of the same

The gap between Alex Cobb’s expected stats and actual stats has narrowed in the second half, but he’ll continue to look back on this season feeling like he deserved better, and Sunday was another example of that.

Cobb was charged with two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, but the second one was tough to swallow. Trea Turner hit a line drive to center and Lewis Brinson slid, then lost the ball in the lights as he fell for a double. Freddie Freeman followed with a grounder up the middle that Wilmer Flores couldn’t reach, allowing Turner to score easily.

Cobb entered the night ranked second in the NL in groundball percentage, one spot ahead of Logan Webb. Alex Wood is ranked 14th. Sure, Aaron Judge will get all the headlines, but fixing the infield defense has to be at or near the top of the offseason wish list.

Hel-a Fast

It’s been a rough year for Heliot Ramos offensively in both Triple-A and the big leagues, and his second game back got off to a brutal start when he misjudged a fly ball on the windiest night of the season, allowing Betts to reach with a bloop single. But Ramos made it up in the third, hitting a Turner rocket that looked like an RBI triple off the bat:

You don’t see many righties chasing balls at this point at Oracle Park, and Ramos made another nice catch on a deep ball in the fourth. He’ll have to shake off in 2022 and 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’s still just 23 years old.

Out of this

The last time the Giants faced Andrew Heaney, Brinson hit a bomb as part of a two-run night. Brinson had three homers in that series at Dodger Stadium, but entered Sunday’s game hitless in his last 15 at-bats. The discomfort led him to try to reduce his first time against Heaney, and was unsuccessful.

Brinson broke out of his slump with a hard hitting double in the fifth inning and tagged and took third on a fly ball to center. When Turner’s throw to first on an Estrada groundout was high, Brinson tied the game.

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