Goodbye Giants. Nice knowin’ ya. Enjoy selling at the trade deadline, because there’s no coming back from what the Los Angeles Dodgers did to you.
Right out of the All-Star break, San Francisco had a prime opportunity to gain some ground in the NL West, as they were set to face the Dodgers in a four-game set in LA. But heartbreaker after heartbreak resulted in a sweep for Los Angeles, and now the Giants are 16.5 games back at 48-47. Even the NL Wild Card feels out of reach for them.
And perhaps the moment where everyone knew this was going south for SF was on Friday night when Cody Bellinger, backed into an 0-2 count with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, crushed a curveball off reliever Sam Long to give the Dodgers a 5-1 lead.
Dodger Stadium fully erupted, and the Giants’ broadcast had no idea what to do with themselves. In the 35 seconds that transpired as Belli rounded the bases, there were hardly any words — the broadcasters were simply in shock after being one strike away from keeping their season alive.
Little did the Giants broadcast and San Francisco faithful know, they’d lose two more games to all but officially seal their fate. They were outscored 15-6 right as this pitch was thrown.
The Dodgers swept the Giants and SF’s broadcast was dead after Cody Bellinger’s grand slam
And you thought Thursday night when the Giants were making laughable errors was the low point? Not quite! The broadcast asking for the curveball, getting the curveball, and giving up four runs was rock bottom, and the Giants couldn’t dig themselves out.
What makes this even better? That was Bellinger’s first home run since July 1. Those were his first RBI since July 1, too! And it was his first extra-base hit since July 4. The Giants got themselves a heavy dose of baseball.
If SF fans want an even more nauseating date, this was the first time the Dodgers pulled off a four-game sweep against their division rival in 27 years.
The Giants had a tough time facing the media on Friday night, too, since LaMonte Wade Jr.’s error on a routine grounder extended the inning and Long hitting a batter loaded the bases to bring Bellinger to the plate.
Just to reiterate, that 107-win season in 2021 was fraudulent, and the Giants selling at the deadline will confirm that.