SAN FRANCISCO– On paper, a minimum of, the Giants are constructed to squash left-handed pitching. In truth, they’ve looked mortal versus lefties in current weeks, a defect that was on display screen on Saturday night at Oracle Park.
The Giants had couple of responses for Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías, who enabled just 3 hits over 5 innings of one-run ball in San Francisco’s 9-2 loss in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, night this best-of-five face-off in between the long time competitors at one video game each.
San Francisco routed, 2-1, heading into the 6th inning, however the Dodgers broke the video game open with a four-run rally that was triggered by Cody Bellinger’s two-run, bases-loaded double off Dominic Leone. The Giants got one run back on Brandon Crawford’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th, however their momentum fizzled when Wilmer Flores encountered the 3rd out of the inning at 3rd base following an incredible toss from Dodgers ideal fielder Mookie Betts.
Los Angeles added 3 more runs in the 8th to turn what had actually when been a close affair into a blowout.
” It wasn’t our best shot tonight,” supervisor Gabe Kapler stated. “The Dodgers simply swung the bats much better than us, made more pitches than us, made more plays than us. As we’ve done all season long, we’ll turn the page, get prepared for an off-day of preparation and get prepared for Game 3.”
The series will now move to Los Angeles, where the Giants and Dodgers will satisfy for Game 3 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Left-hander Alex Wood, a previous Dodger, will begin for the Giants and oppose right-hander Max Scherzer.
In Division Series with the present 2-2-1 format, groups that have actually divided the very first 2 video games in their challenger’s house ballpark, prior to returning house for Game 3, have actually gone on to win the series 23 of 36 times (64%). This leaves out 2020 (Division Series dipped into neutral websites).
While dealing with Scherzer– a three-time Cy Young Award winner and future Hall of Famer– will be a high job, the Giants have actually developed a performance history of success versus righties this year. They’ve gone 80-35(.696) versus right-handed beginners, most just recently tagging Dodgers ace Walker Buehler for 3 runs over 6 1/3 innings in their 4-0 win in Game 1 on Friday night.
Against lefties, however, their offense has actually been spottier. After being kept in check by Urías, the Giants was up to 27-21(.574) versus left-handed beginners, consisting of 11-11 given that the All-Star break.
The Giants’ current resist lefties are a bit confounding, as they routinely stack their lineup with right-handed bats when they deal with southpaws. Crawford and starter Kevin Gausman were the only left-handed players in the Giants’ lineup on Saturday, which included a deep pocket of lefty killers– Darin Ruf (1.007 OPS vs. LHP throughout the routine season), Kris Bryant (.910 OPS), Austin Slater (.894 OPS), Buster Posey (1.051 OPS) and Flores (.803 OPS)– on top half of the order.
Still, Urías handled to restrict the Giants to just one run, which came through Donovan Solano’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd.
” Every time we’ve put our right-handed-hitting lineup out there versus a left-handed starter, we constantly feel truly great about it due to the fact that if you go man-for-man up and down our lineup, we simply have excellent numbers, especially versus lefties,” Kapler stated. “So you sort of think that’s going to appear in video games versus left-handed beginners, however it truly hasn’t taken place for us regularly throughout the season. It’s been among the locations that we arrange of had a hard time. And in 2015 it was these kinds of lineups that simply produced a lot.”
Saturday put a larger spotlight on dropping 3rd baseman Evan Longoria, who published a 1.088 OPS versus lefties throughout the routine season, however went hitless in 4 at-bats to stay mired in a 3-for-44 funk over his last 13 video games.
” I believed his swing looked a bit much better this evening,” Kapler stated. “I actually have a lots of rely on Evan. He’s simply an expert player who has actually done it really effectively for a long time, had an outstanding year for us, and is going through an amount of time and a stretch of at-bats that aren’t going his method.”
The great news for the Giants is that the Dodgers’ rotation is not rather as left-handed now that Clayton Kershaw is out with a left elbow injury. Los Angeles’ bullpen likewise includes just 2 lefties– Alex Vesia and David Price– so the Giants will like their opportunities as they head to Southern California and effort to reset from their uninspired proving on Saturday, specifically with another right-hander, Tony Gonsolin, looming as a prospective Game 4 starter for the Dodgers.
Still, it’s possible that the Giants may not have actually seen the last of Urías, who would likely be offered to pitch in some capability in a possible Game 5 in addition to Buehler.
” I [have] never ever seen him not having his things,” Flores stated of Urías, who enhanced to 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA over 6 starts versus San Francisco this year. “He’s constantly had it. Personally, I seem like I took excellent at-bats, I struck the ball hard; often you simply do not get an outcome. I believed he had his things.”