Greek Giant

In their 8-3 loss to the hated Dodgers in Los Angeles last night the Giants were mostly dead in the water. I would like to take time to write a thorough, at bat-by-at bat analysis or a rigorous play-by-play review of this game but I have better things to do. The difference in this game, as has been for all of the three Giant losses in this young season has been the middle relief pitching. Once again the Giant bullpen struggled, giving up five of the eight runs allowed to turn a close game into a blow out, for the most part.

Keaton Winn started and pitched five innings allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six and walking one. On most nights against most teams that’s not a terrible outing. His fastball was crisp and he showed signs of quality in every inning. Unfortunately Dodger starter James Paxton was better going five shutout innings allowing only four hits but five walks. That makes nine base runners for the Giants, none of which scored. In fact on this night the Giants left ten men on base. So they had a few chances.

In fact with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth the Giants had Wilmer Flores up and a chance to even the game or go ahead. He would ground out.

The Dodgers were the better team with big hits by Mookie Betts, Teoscar Hernandez and Freddie Freeman, to name three.

Michael Conforto homered, his third of the season. That was nice, I guess.

The Giants are now 2-3.

Tonight’s Game

Game two of the series against the Dodgers is tonight at 7:15 PM in Chavez Ravine. The pitching matchups are listed as Webb vs TBD.