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Carlos’s Wild Adventures

In the process of the Giants losing their sixth straight game, 7-3 to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, Carlos Rodon had a night he will never forget, for the wrong reasons. He lost his start. He kicked a bat in frustration while in the dugout and ended up striking Thario Estrada in the process. He also kicked a hard smash grounder right into his glove for one of the weirdest and most amazing plays you will ever see a pitcher make.

To his credit the Giant lefty apologized to his teammates and to the media after the game:

“Unacceptable action. I hit my teammate, the nicest teammate on the team. Just a selfish action, and it just cannot happen. Stupid.”

Here is Kapler on the incident:

“You saw that right away. Carlos feels terrible, he knows it’s unacceptable. These are his teammates and if he’s not able to maintain control, somebody can get hurt. … We’re going to work on ways for him to be in control in those situations..”

While it’s never ok to abuse bats and hit teammates, unintentionally or not, Rodon’s frustration came within the context of the Giants desperately needing their Ace number 2 to be a stopper and put an end to the worst losing streak of the season. It did not happen. Rodon gave up five runs in six innings on only three hits but it was two homers after walks and a hit batsman that did him in. He still managed to record ten strikeouts so his effectiveness was there. It’s just those two homers… they were the story of the game.

The Runs

After the DBacks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second Wilmer Flores tied it up in the top of the third inning on his own two-run home run. Unfortunately the DBacks answered with three in the bottom of the third off Rodon. That was the key inning in the game.

The Diamondbacks added two in the bottom of the eight when Marte allowed an RBI double and RBI triple. The Giants had closed the gap in the top of the sixth inning when Brandon Belt doubled in Wilmer Flores for a run.

Here is Wilmer’s homer, on a hanging curve:

Kapler’s Bulletin Board Words

So, Giants Manager Gabe Kapler said a few things that the Diamondbacks used as motivational material:

The Numbers Are Ugly

The Giants fell below .500 for the first time this season and are now 48-49. The Giants are 11-22 since reaching their season high of 10 games over .500 on June 18. This is getting ugly ladies and gents.

Since the All-Star break, the Giants have allowed 39 runs — 28 of them with two outs, including five on Tuesday.

Injury Report & Transactions

Tommy LaStella was reinstated from the Covid Lost. He is appeared on the field in only seven games this season and Gabe Kapler has explained that the Giants need him to play second base to take the stress off other players and rotate the DH spot.

Joey Bart was removed from the game after three at bats because of some kind of illness.

Where Do the Giants Go from Here?

The Giants are in a bad way now, to state the obvious but after 97 games their season is not over. The trade deadline is looming, four days away. It will be an important day for the Giants as an organization. If Farhan Zaidi sells it is a sign to the team that he does not believe in their postseason chances. If he buys it means he will have to give up some significant pieces of the farm system. If he stands pat it means he is ok with the status quo. The only logical and realistic option, as I see it, is to sell high on Pederson, Flores, and maybe Rodon. Otherwise, the Giants ownership is in dreamland if they think this team has what it takes to get to the World Series or the NLCS as constructed.

There is another scenario: The Giants sell and still contend, surprising everyone and making it to October, showing perhaps that what they needed was some new chemistry. Maybe a Ramos or a Villar gets hot and maybe a young arm and new acquisition helps them. I have seen it happen before.

Tonight’s Game

The finale of the three-game series is tonight at 6:40 PM. it’s Webb vs Gallen. The Giants need Logan to be Logan.