Giants make franchise history-Dodgers’ 15th-worst loss in 2022

Giants make franchise history-Dodgers’ 15th-worst loss in 2022

Giants lose 15th game to Dodgers, set SF era record in 2022 appeared first on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO – You can’t sum up the 2022 Giants with a single bat, play or moment, but if there was ever a picture that tied everything together neatly, it was LaMonte Wade Jr.’s bat. at the bottom of the 10th. inning on Sunday night.

It was a matchup that probably wouldn’t have happened even last season. The Giants seemed to have an advantage in every major area en route to 107 wins, but even that has turned around this year. With no right-handed options on the bench, the Giants had no choice but to let Wade face lefty relief with two outs and the bases loaded.

It almost gave them a thrilling moment in an unforgettable season.

Wade hit a deep drive down the right field line – but the grand slam could walk off a foul bunt. A few seconds later, he grounded out, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory.

A year ago, any swing that Late Night LaMonte took in the late innings seemed to be a game winner. A year ago, the two original rules would have extended rallies that kept Thairo Estrada from third place. On Sunday, Gabe Kapler felt both missed opportunities were “slim points.”

A year ago, Wilmer Flores’ blast to left-center found the seats, not Cody Bellinger’s outstretched glove. Joc Pederson’s high fly ball would have cleared Triples Alley for a walk. On Sunday, Mookie Betts turned it down in the 10th.

The Giants had that kind of season, which was not good enough, especially against the Dodgers.

A year after being edged out by one game for the dreaded NL West title, the Giants went 4-15 against the Dodgers. This is the first time since they moved to San Francisco that they have lost more than 14 games to the Dodgers, 13 of which came in the second half. The Giants will finish their season with seven straight losses to the Dodgers at home, six of those coming after acquiring Carlos Rodón and Pederson at the trade deadline and trying to push for the postseason.

With just over two weeks left in the season, the Giants will get back on track with a 69-77 record. They are 32 1/2 games behind the Dodgers.

“They definitely impressed us all year,” Kapler said. “We have to play better if we’re going to beat that team. There’s nothing else to it.”
They will also need more talent. A lot of. But that’s a story for the offseason, which is coming up fast.

The Giants have what they have now, and on Sunday night they hoped to end this rough run with a rare positive moment against a juggernaut. Wade almost made it, but he ended up grounding out to first.

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About 15 minutes later, Kapler stood in a quiet clubhouse and thought about all the plays that came up short. He noted that Flores smoked his ball, and that Pederson’s drive left the bat at 104 mph with a 31-degree launch angle.

“It was weird not seeing one of those balls go out,” Kapler said.

For the 2022 version of the Giants, it’s the norm.

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